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Released: June 14, 1993

Rating: 2.655 (average of 4 ratings)

Genre: synth pop

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Dark Is the Night for All
  2. Move to Memphis
  3. Cold as Stone
  4. Angel in the Snow
  5. Locust
  6. Lie Down in Darkness
  7. How Sweet It Was
  8. Lamb to the Slaughter
  9. Between Your Mama and Yourself
  10. Memorial Beach


sales in U.S. only --
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 1.2 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart --
peak on U.K. album chart 17

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Move to Memphis (10/26/91) #47 UK
  • Dark Is the Night for All (6/12/93) #19 UK
  • Angel in the Snow (9/18/93) #41 UK

Memorial Beach
“For its fifth album, a-ha varies its style somewhat, trying for a U2 approach on lead-off track Dark Is the Night for All. This is a long way from the peppy appeal of ‘Take on Me,’ but just as far from an improvement” (Ruhlmann).

“An earlier version of Move to Memphis appeared on the compilation, Headlines and Deadlines – The Hits of a-ha” (Wikipedia), released in 1991.

“Some lyrics from Locust were reused on the…Savoy single ‘Whalebone’” (Wikipedia). Savoy was a side project launched by guitarist Pal Waaktaar and keyboardist Magne “Mags” Furuholmen during aha’s hiatus. Aha wouldn’t release another album until 2000.

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previous album: Scoundrel Days (1988) next album: East of the Sun, West of the Moon (1990)

Last updated January 18, 2009.