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If you aren't a fan of the band a-ha you might not have heard of Savoy - and that's a shame. Consider yourself educated. This is the best obscure, untapped resource in rock music, barely known outside of Norway. The band is the project of the lead songwriter of a-ha (Paul) with his own great vocals, who teamed up with his wife (Lauren) and fellow Norwegian Frode on drums for several exciting albums, concisely widdled down to the 24 songs on this album covering the band's music from 1994-2007. Poignant, driving, sensual... it's all on there. Check out Velvet, Karma Boomerang, Best Western Beauty, Whalebone, Lackluster Me, Tears from a Stone... all of the songs are fabulous and you'll find a different sound on each track to make you ask "Is this the same band?!"

Not Just Another a-ha Side Project

This album doesn't have too much that's 100% new. Three songs on the first half are brand new. The rest are re-recordings of older songs. Most of the originals and a few others make up the other half. This is intended to be an introduction to the band outside Norway, since most of their albums are not legally available worldwide. They have an indie/twee approach (though signed to a big label at home). They also said on MySpace that they're emo, though I beg to differ, though some songs remind me a little of Dashboard Confessional, but I digress. I would have also added B-sides and limited edition tracks. Maybe on Volume 2, then. My least favourite track is "Lackluster Me", which is lackluster compared to the original. This collection could lead to the official release of their studio albums internationally.

Finally got around to it and WOW.

I've been a big a-ha fan for over 20 years, met them backstage, have all kinds of imports (even some bootlegs), rare demo tracks, etc. I have the Bridges album. I've heard it all but I had never really give Savoy a good listening to. All I can say is WOW. This compilation is just tremendous. Pal's songwriting has always been great but I think Savoy is a fantastic expression of his music, moreso than a-ha may have ever been (which is a big thing for me to say). I think if a-ha had recorded this style of music they would've achieved a greater amount of musical respect (the lack of which in some circles is a shame since they got lumped into the "pretty boy band" genre which is a great misnomer). Anyway - if you like a-ha or if you're looking for something new to listen to - give this a shot. It's really good...just LISTEN to and READ the lyrics. Pal's songwriting is phenomenal.

Savoy Songbook, Vol. 1, Savoy
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