Alphaville (The Breathtaking Blue)

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The Album

Alphaville (The Breathtaking Blue) was released in April 1989 as the third studio album by the group. The Album was generally slated as disappointing.

In the late 1980s, amidst the vibrant landscape of synth-pop, Alphaville emerged as a force to be reckoned with. Following the success of their debut album “Forever Young,” the German band delivered a masterpiece with their third studio album, “The Breathtaking Blue.” Released in 1989, this album not only solidified Alphaville’s place in the synth-pop genre but also showcased their musical evolution and ability to create a timeless sonic experience.

“The Breathtaking Blue” unfolds like a sonic tapestry, weaving together lush synthesizers, atmospheric arrangements, and poetic lyricism. Alphaville, led by the distinctive vocals of Marian Gold, embraced a more mature and sophisticated sound compared to their earlier work. The album marked a departure from the upbeat and energetic tones of “Forever Young,” diving into a contemplative and introspective realm.

The album opens with the ethereal “Summer Rain,” setting the tone with its dreamy synth lines and Gold’s emotive vocals. The track captures a sense of nostalgia and melancholy, inviting listeners into Alphaville’s introspective world.

Conclusion

“The Breathtaking Blue” may not have achieved the same commercial success as “Forever Young,” but its artistic depth and sonic innovation have earned it a special place in the hearts of synth-pop enthusiasts. Alphaville’s willingness to evolve their sound while maintaining a sense of introspection has left a lasting legacy that continues to inspire both fans and contemporary artists alike.

Alphaville’s “The Breathtaking Blue” stands as a testament to the band’s artistic growth and commitment to pushing the boundaries of synth-pop. With its atmospheric soundscapes, introspective lyricism, and diverse musical influences, the album remains a captivating journey into the heart of one of the most influential bands of the genre. Decades after its release, “The Breathtaking Blue” continues to enchant listeners, inviting them to explore the depths of emotion and imagination within its carefully crafted sonic landscapes.

Track Listing

  1. Summer Rain
  2. Romeos
  3. She Fades Away
  4. The Mysteries Of Love
  5. Ariana
  6. Heaven Or Hell
  7. For A Million
  8. Middle Of The Riddle
  9. Patricia’s Park
  10. Anyway

Summer Rain

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Lyrics

A world without a breeze
Heartbeat of the heat above the harbour
A lazy day lies dazed on the shelf
Atomic lizards lick at the blaze of a light that is forever
No move in the solid skies, no gleaming
Metal out of the breathtaking blue

My golden circus girls all sailed away
The lion tamers are no longer due to play
Whoever breaks the Seven Seals
And let the angry angels free, I
Do not know
Just waiting here
For summer rain
For summer rain
Or anything else

Prophet hold your head up
Into a cluster of bees and listen
Love of my life, here is all our honey
Yes, we can change the world, together
And if we’re still invited to walk in this party
I’d go for a saucerful of secrets or more
But the last thing I heard of was that God had left the lines
For a brand new universe, he was supposed to say

My golden circus girls all sailed away
The lion tamers are no longer due to play
Whoever breaks the Seven Seals
And lets the angry angels free, I
Do not know
Just waiting over there
For summer rain
For summer rain
For summer rain
For summer rain

For Summer rain
What a glorious feeling, for summer rain
I’m happy again, for summer rain
Just cool rain

Reference

The Breathtaking Blue – Wikipedia