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a-haTrue North

Tracklist

I'm In5:06
Hunter In The Hills 4:11
As If4:56
Between The Halo And The Horn4:11
True North 4:55
Bumblebee4:06
Forest For The Trees3:53
Bluest Of Blue4:34
Make Me Understand 3:59
You Have What It Takes 4:22
Summer Rain 4:15
Oh My Word 3:58

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Notes

True North is the eleventh studio album by Norwegian pop rock band a-ha, recorded November 2021 and released on 21 October 2022 by RCA and Sony Music. The album's opening track "I'm In" was released as the first single on 8 July 2022.
True North is accompanied by a film with the same title featuring a-ha recording the album during November 2021 in Bodø, Norway. Paul Waaktaar-Savoyy has said of the project: "First, we had the idea to record a studio session live. Then, to film a studio session. That grew into more of a production with the Norwegian orchestra, the Arctic Philharmonic, who we have collaborated with."

Perfomed by:
Morten Harket – lead vocals (1–12)
Magne Furuholmen – keyboards (1, 4, 5, 8, 11), piano (1–6, 11), synth (9), acoustic guitar (1, 4, 7, 8, 10–12), backing vocals (1, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11), programming (1, 4, 5, 8, 10–11)
Paul Waaktaar-Savoy – guitars (2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 12), backing vocals (2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 12), acoustic guitars (1, 4, 10, 11), electric guitar (5, 8), keyboards (2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 12)

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    Cover of True North, 2022-10-21, VinylTrue North
    2×LP, 45 RPM, Album
    Sony Music – 196587083014, RCA – 196587083014Europe2022Europe2022
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    Cover of True North, 2022-10-21, FileTrue North
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    RCA – noneUK & Europe2022UK & Europe2022
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    Cover of True North, 2022-10-21, CDTrue North
    CD, Album
    Sony Music – 19439982292, RCA – 19439982292Europe2022Europe2022
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    Cover of True North, 2022-10-21, VinylTrue North
    2×LP, 45 RPM, Album, Limited Edition, Recycled Coloured
    Sony Music – 19658708301, RCA – 19658708301Europe2022Europe2022
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    Cover of True North, 2022-10-21, VinylTrue North
    2×LP, 45 RPM, Album; CD, Album, Stereo; Memory Stick, MPEG Video, USB Card; All Media, Deluxe Edition, Limited Edition
    Sony Music – 19658716331, RCA – 19658716331Europe2022Europe2022
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    Cover of True North, 2022-10-21, FileTrue North
    12×File, AAC, Album, Stereo, 256 kbps
    RCA – noneWorldwide2022Worldwide2022
    New Submission
    Cover of True North, 2022-10-21, FileTrue North
    12×File, AIFF, Album, 24-Bit / 96.0 kHz
    RCA – noneUK & Europe2022UK & Europe2022
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    Cover of True North = トゥルー・ノース, 2022-10-26, CDTrue North = トゥルー・ノース
    CD, Album
    RCA – SICP 6489Japan2022Japan2022
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    Cover of True North, 2022-10-26, CDTrue North
    CD, Album, Promo
    RCA – SICP 6489Japan2022Japan2022
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    Cover of True North, , CDTrue North
    CD, Album, Unofficial Release
    Sony Music (2) – 19439982292, RCA (2) – 19439982292RussiaRussia
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    Reviews

    • DarBalck's avatar
      DarBalck
      Edited 7 months ago
      Rewards repeat listens. It's growing on me a LOT. It's obviously not A-ha synth style 85 or even Minor Earth Major Sky, but something new and different. It's not entirely acoustic, not entirely orchestral and not entirely without some electronica, but blended together to make a great organic sounding album. Morten steals the show (as always). Dynamic range is crushed as per usual these days on the CD version, but it's not too loud.
      • El_Farango's avatar
        El_Farango
        How I hate this modern tendency to make 2 LPs from the music material that would fit 1 LP. Frankly speaking I almost never listen to side 4 as I get tired from running to my turntable to turn over the record after 11-12 minutes of listening.
        • jondkent's avatar
          jondkent
          Edited one year ago
          Vinyl had a slight warp, but other than that nothing terrible to report about QC. Not the best mastering, at low volumes can sound flat, but push to slightly higher volumes and it opens up (which is odd). My copy didn't suffer from overly tight inner sleeves and static wasn't any worse than others (no clicks etc etc). Musically I like this.

          Equipment:
          Deck: Technics 1500c w/Nagaoka MP-110 and Achromat / Rega Fono MM MK3 Phono Stage
          Amp: Nakamichi IA-3
          Speakers: ELAC DB62
          • DR.CARLOSCARAVATTI's avatar
            I'm very disappointed with the sound on this pressing, I can't believe an audio engineer releasing such an awful master!!!!
            • Neasden's avatar
              Neasden
              Edited one year ago
              As a strong a-ha fan, I must say that I am let down with this album. Far away from a keeper. I like synth a-ha. I like "The Bandstand". I like "Mythomania". I like dark lyrics. I like when Pal Waaktaar writes the 95% of tracks, with his melancholic songwriting and Morten and Mags being left with one or two. That's a-ha for me. That would be a classic again. Listening to this album, to me (my opinion) it was a huge misstep... Orchestra? For the love of almighty God... guys, don't grow up, please. Stay the way you were. This is not for the average synth lover a-ha fan. Even Analogue is better than this, big time (Analogue had a lot of acoustic stuff). The orchestra really ruined for me. I don't think a-ha should quit. No. Just get on track again and give us a proper a-ha album, the a-ha we all love and nurtured for decades. True North is a downer. Even Morten's Wild Seed is 100 times better than this. I don't know, perhaps I'm too persnickety. But then, when a-ha releases something - I would expect it is true a-ha. Not a combined solo effort with collaborations. Please, a-ha, bring on now "True a-ha". Cheers. Love you, band of my heart. I'm out, for now.
              • Mysterons's avatar
                Mysterons
                I liked the quality of the publication, but what I did not like.
                The inner sleeves are very tight, as mentioned earlier, and heavily charged with static. Therefore, it is advisable to clean the records from fine paper dust / crumbs and immediately move them to antistatic sleeves. Only then can you enjoy the sound without clicks.
                • BigPiet's avatar
                  BigPiet
                  I was disappointed in the quality of the album. The songs/music etc were great but the pressing was just above average and sounded quite flat. Worst of all my copy had a light scratch on record one and was jammed in so tight into the paper sleeve that that the sleeve tore when I took it out. Not good.
                  • ioaNNis_55's avatar
                    ioaNNis_55
                    The album is beautiful indeed. I haven't seen the movie and probably won't. The sound isn't top notch on vinyl but neither on streaming services. Would rather prefer a big landscape photo on the gatefold instead of this blurry concert picture. Pity that didn't make it to the top10.
                    • Duski's avatar
                      Duski
                      the box is nice piece for collectors,,, but the sound of vinyls is terrible :-(
                      • DJFastAndFluid's avatar
                        Edited one year ago
                        Deluxe version with USB (USB is one of those credit card things with a fold-out adapter) that contains the 60 minute "movie": "A-ha: True North" (more a well produced "Making Of" than a movie) According to the artist web site this edition is limited to 500 copies. Have to say I'm disappointed with the packaging. The hardback book arrived with a large dent at the top because there is little internal protection of the top and bottom edges despite a £10 charfe for postage. At £95 including postage this should have come in a slipbox that would have protected it. The USB key is just pasted in plastic cellphane that uses glue spots to attach it to the inside front of the book, and the CD is similarly glued inside the back of the book. Once you've opened the cellophane there's nowhere to put them. The book is nice with great photos and the lyrics and the film is a great addition, but I think this is overpriced, and it seems most agree with copies of this 500 limited edition still available on the artist web site a week after it was released and charted just outside the Top 10. It's just an unbelievably sloppy release. Neither of the two vinyl LPs identify which is Side A, B, C or D - even on the runout groove. My vinyl looks pristine with no visible damage but every single side features what sounds like a scratch with a click that repeats for several revolutions at one or more points. Worst quality vinyl I bought last year (and I bought a LOT). To be brutally honest I feel ripped off and this release is just a poor cash grab.

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