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Released: June 20, 2000

Rating: 3.483 (average of 4 ratings)

Genre: synth pop

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Album Tracks:

  1. Minor Earth Major Sky
  2. Little Black Heart
  3. Velvet
  4. Summer Moved On
  5. The Sun Never Shone That Day
  6. To Let You Win
  7. The Company Man
  8. Thought That I Was You
  9. I Wish I Cared
  10. Barely Hanging On
  11. You’ll Never Get Over Me
  12. I Won’t Forget Her
  13. Mary Ellen Makes the Moment Count


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 2.75 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart --
peak on U.K. album chart 27

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Summer Moved On (4/4/00) #33 UK

Minor Earth, Major Sky
“A-ha's sixth studio CD…came seven years after their previous album, Memorial Beach, and in that time it seems that a-ha mellowed out. They do not seem to have concern about attracting the youth/dance market, but instead seem to be focusing in on how to make perfect middle-of-the-road pop songs with ‘90s technology. This is not a criticism, as it produces several fantastic songs, such as Little Black Heart and the wonderful I Wish That I Cared. These, and many others, are full of catchy, beautiful melodies and Morten Harket’s vocals are near perfect as usual – his voice has not lowered one octave since their debut” (Badgley).

“The one problem with this CD is the relative sameness to some of the music. The tempos do not change a great deal, and by the end the songs seem to run together. More variety would have been beneficial. However, in terms of production, this is as close to perfect as a CD can get, and the lyrics keep things interesting throughout. Overall, a good album, and one that fans will enjoy” (Badgley).

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previous album: Memorial Beach (1993) next album: Lifelines (2002)

Last updated January 18, 2009.