The Golden Ratio (album)

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The Golden Ratio
Studio album by Ace of Base
Released September 24, 2010
Recorded 2009-2010
Genre Pop, Europop, dance, electronic
Length 46:53
Label Playground/Universal
Ace of Base chronology
Platinum & Gold
(2010)
The Golden Ratio
(2010)
Singles from The Golden Ratio
  1. "All for You"
    Released: September 10, 2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

The Golden Ratio is the fifth album by Swedish pop music group, Ace of Base. It was recorded in late 2009 through mid-2010. It is the first album to feature two new vocalists: Clara Hagman and Julia Williamson. Production on a fifth album initially began with former band member and lead vocalist, Jenny Berggren in which the resulting sessions were shelved.

The Golden Ratio marks the band's first album of completely new material since their 2002 album, Da Capo. The album entered the German album charts at number 20 and at number 100 in Switzerland.

Background[edit]

The band have said of the album “The Golden Ratio” is the end result of three years of work in the studio for Ulf and Jonas. Their main challenge was to find what the Ace of Base sound would be in the second decade of the twenty-first century. After a year of experimenting, they realized they wanted to embrace and preserve the original Ace of Base sound and make it contemporary at the same time." [2]

Reception[edit]

The Golden Ratio received mostly positive reviews from critics. Rock&Review gave the album a positive review, stating, "Sonically, The Golden Ratio is everything you expect in an Ace of Base album and it's quite hard to tell that Jonas Berggren's sisters are absent as the new vocalists do a great job of filling in where Malin and Jenny left off."[3]

ScandiPop also gave the album very high praise, saying "It’s a jaw droppingly good album. They’ve gone back to everything that made them so brilliant when they first started out in the early nineties."[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "All for You"   Jonas Berggren, Ulf Ekberg, Jonas Saeed The Sign, Jonas Saeed 3:38
2. "Blah, Blah, Blah on the Radio"   Jonas Berggren, Ulf Ekberg The Sign, original co-production Henry Bergström 3:48
3. "The Golden Ratio"   Jonas Berggren, Ulf Ekberg, Jonas Saeed The Sign, Jonas Saeed 3:47
4. "Southern California"   Jonas Berggren, Ulf Ekberg The Sign, Kasper Lindgren 3:15
5. "Told My Ma"   Jonas Berggren, Ulf Ekberg The Sign, Henry Bergström, Ari Le Tennen 3:50
6. "Black Sea"   Jonas Berggren, Ulf Ekberg The Sign 3:42
7. "One Day"   Jonas Berggren, Ulf Ekberg The Sign, Harry Sommerdahl, original co-production Henry Bergström 3:02
8. "Juliet"   Henry Bergström, Peter Bergström Henry Bergström, The Sign, Harry Sommerdahl, Peter Bergström 3:14
9. "Precious"   Jonas Berggren, Ulf Ekberg The Sign, original co-production Henry Bergström 3:52
10. "Vision in Blue"   Jonas Berggren, Ulf Ekberg The Sign, original co-production Henry Bergström 3:56
11. "Mr. Replay"   Jonas Berggren, Ulf Ekberg, Ari Lehtonen, D. Massy The Sign, Ari Le Tennen, Magnus Vänttinen 4:17
12. "Who Am I"   Jonas Berggren, Ulf Ekberg The Sign, One Life Publishing 3:05
13. "Doreen"   Jonas Berggren, Ulf Ekberg The Sign, Ari Le Tennen 3:37

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
German Albums Chart 20
Swiss Albums Chart 100
South Korean Album chart 23
Billboard European Top 100 86[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ http://www.aceofbase-music.de/biography
  3. ^ Miller, Matt. Ace Of Base - The Golden Ratio. Rock & Review
  4. ^ ScandiPop. Ace Of Base Review!. ScandiPop
  5. ^ "Connecting to the iTunes Store". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  6. ^ Billboard.com, The Golden Ratio

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