Minor Earth Major Sky

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Minor Earth Major Sky
Aha Minor Earth Major Sky.jpg
Studio album by A-ha
Released 17 July 2000
Recorded 1998–2000
Genre Pop rock, synthpop
Length 58:42
Label WEA
Producer a-ha, Kjetil Bjerkestrand, Millenia Nova, Ras, Roland Spremberg, Andre Tanneberger, Păl Waaktaar
A-ha chronology
Memorial Beach
Minor Earth Major Sky
Singles from Minor Earth, Major Sky
  1. "Summer Moved On"
    Released: 22 May 2000
  2. "Minor Earth Major Sky"
    Released: 10 July 2000
  3. "Velvet"
    Released: 14 September 2000
  4. "The Sun Never Shone That Day"
    Released: 21 September 2000
  5. "I Wish I Cared"
    Released: 2001

Minor Earth Major Sky (stylized as Minor Earth | Major Sky) is the sixth album by Norwegian synthpop band a-ha, released on 17 July 2000 by WEA.

Background and release[edit]

Following the release of a-ha's fifth studio album, Memorial Beach (1993) the band decided to go on a hiatus. In 1998, the band was invited to perform at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert. Paul Waaktaar-Savoy had written "Summer Moved On" especially for this performance.[1] They also performed "The Sun Always Shines on T.V.". This performance was a-ha's comeback into the world of music and the band decided to return to the studio.

Almost the entire album was remixed by producer Niven Garland at the record company's insistence to make it more radio-friendly for the band's German market.

"Summer Moved On" (edit), "Minor Earth Major Sky" (remix) and "Velvet" (edit) were commercially released as singles. "I Wish I Cared" was an Internet download single, accompanied by an internet-only music video—one of the first of its kind.

The song "Minor Earth Major Sky" has been covered by Closterkeller, a Polish gothic rock band.


Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
Musicfolio 3.5/5 stars link

Jayne Howarth of The Birmingham Post gave the album a mixed review writing, "It was grown-up ballad stuff and a few attempts at light pop but it didn't work and some of the vocals were, frankly, strained. There were a couple of bright spots, apart from the opener - The Sun Never Shone That Day and I Wish I Cared - and although it was a grower, I fear the CD is condemned to stay on the CD shelf."[2]

Commercial performance[edit]

Minor Earth Major Sky debuted at number one on the Norwegian Albums Chart. In Germany, the album became a-ha's first number-one album. The album charted at number 27 on the UK Albums Chart. The album was not released in the U.S. although it got up to number 39 in the Heatseekers chart. This album got platinum certifications in Norway and Germany and gold in Austria, Spain and Switzerland.

Track listing[edit]

Standard version
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Minor Earth Major Sky"   Magne Furuholmen, Paul Waaktaar-Savoy Boogieman, Roland Spremberg, a-ha[a], Kjetil Bjerkestrand[a] 5:25
2. "Little Black Heart"   Furuholmen, Waaktaar-Savoy Boogieman, Spremberg, a-ha[a], Bjerkestrand[a] 4:35
3. "Velvet"   Lauren Savoy, Waaktaar-Savoy Boogieman, Spremberg, a-ha[a], Bjerkestrand[a] 4:21
4. "Summer Moved On"   Waaktaar-Savoy Boogieman, Spremberg, a-ha[a], Bjerkestrand[a] 4:38
5. "The Sun Never Shone That Day"   Savoy, Waaktaar-Savoy Boogieman, Spremberg, a-ha[a], Bjerkestrand[a] 4:40
6. "To Let You Win"   Morten Harket, Håvard Rem Boogieman, Spremberg, a-ha[a], Bjerkestrand[a] 4:24
7. "The Company Man"   Furuholmen, Waaktaar-Savoy Boogieman, Spremberg, a-ha[a], Bjerkestrand[a] 3:15
8. "Thought That It Was You"   Harket, Ole Sverre-Olsen Bjerkestrand 3:50
9. "I Wish I Cared"   Furuholmen Boogieman, Spremberg, a-ha[a], Bjerkestrand[a] 4:23
10. "Barely Hanging On"   Waaktaar-Savoy Boogieman, Spremberg, a-ha[a], Bjerkestrand[a] 3:56
11. "You'll Never Get Over Me"   Waaktaar-Savoy Boogieman, Spremberg, a-ha[a], Bjerkestrand[a] 5:40
12. "I Won't Forget Her"   Waaktaar-Savoy Boogieman 4:44
13. "Mary Ellen Makes the Moment Count"   Waaktaar-Savoy Waaktaar-Savoy 4:51
  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[b] signifies a remixer


  • Arranged by a-ha[3]
  • Strings arranged by Kjetil Bjerkestrand, Magne Furuholmen, Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
  • Engineers – Jan-Erik Kongshaug*, Jon Marius Aareskjold, Ulf Holand
  • Mixed by Boogieman (tracks: 4, 6), Niven Garland (tracks: 1 to 3, 5, 7 to 13)
  • Producers – Boogieman (tracks: 1 to 7, 9 to 12), Kjetil Bjerkestrand (tracks: 8), Paul Waaktaar-Savoy (tracks: 13), Roland Spremberg (tracks: 1 to 7, 9 to 11)
  • Strings – Norwegian Radio Orchestra*, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra*
  • Pro Tools Operators – Jon Marius Aareskjold, Kjetil Bjerkestrand
  • Written by Håvard Rem (tracks: 6), Lauren Savoy (tracks: 3, 5), Magne Furuholmen (tracks: 1, 2, 7, 9), Morten Harket (tracks: 6, 8), Ole Sverre Olsen (tracks: 8), Paul Waaktaar-Savoy (tracks: 1 to 5, 7, 10 to 13)


  1. ^ interview on "A-ha live at valhall homecoming" DVD, 2001
  2. ^ https://www.questia.com/article/1G1-62486848/cd-reviews
  3. ^ a-ha – Minor Earth | Major Sky

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