- Released: April 18, 2000
- Label: Arista
Entertainment Weekly - 6/16/00, pp.86-8
"...Their swooshing, utterly synthetic textures...have become the dominant sound of teen pop 2K...making [this] something of a primer on the roots of modern music..." - Rating: B
- 1.All That She Wants
- 2.The Sign
- 3.Everytime It Rains
- 4.Beautiful Life
- 5.Cruel Summer
- 6.Don't Turn Around
- 7.Lucky Love - (acoustic version)
- 8.Always Have, Always Will
- 9.Life Is a Flower
- 10.C'Est la Vie Always 21
- 11.Lucky Love - (Frankie Knuckles Mix)
- 12.Beautiful Life - (Junior Vasquez Mix)
Ace Of Base: Jonas, Jenny, Linn, Ulf.
Additional personnel includes: Buddha, Joker (vocals); Chuck Anthony, Mads Johansson, Janne Taneli-Juntila, Magnus Hogdal (guitar); Satoshi Tomiie (keyboards); Sasha (bass); Joakim Stiren, Thomas Siqveland (programming); Douglas Carr, Susanne Carstensen, Jeanette Soderholm, Max Martin, Marian Lisland, Fred Johansson, Marianne Bundevik, Marit Bie, Tommy Ekman, Nana Hedin, Cue Choir (background vocals).
Producers include: Joker, Buddha, Douglas Carr, Cutfather, Denniz PoP.
Personnel: Jonas "Joker" Berggren, Jenny, Linn (vocals, background vocals); Ulf "Buddha" Ekberg (vocals); Janne Taneli-Juntilla, Magnus H”gdal, Mads Johansson, Chuck Anthony (guitar); Satoshi Tomiie (keyboards); Thomas Siqveland, Joakim Stiren, Gomi (programming); Nana Hedin, Marianne Bundevik, Douglas Carr, Marit Bie, Tommy Ekman, Cue Choir, Fred Johansson, Jeanette S”derholm, Marian Lisland, Suzanne Carstensen, Max Martin (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Mark Taylor ; Brian Rawling.
Audio Remixers: Frankie Knuckles; Junior Vasquez.
Consistently written off as ABBA wannabes and subpar pop poseurs, Ace of Base actually wrote some of the best pop songs of the '90s. Though the vocals were never up to par with even the least accomplished singers and the production was often sparse, the hooks in most of their cuts are irresistible. From their stateside breakthrough hit "All That She Wants" and their biggest single, "The Sign," and through their Top Ten "Beautiful Life" and the remake of "Cruel Summer," this compilation covers the best of their material. But with the addition of the poetic "Everytime It Rains," the pretty "Lucky in Love," the '50s throwback "Always Have, Always Will," the acoustic "Life Is a Flower," and the young-at-heart "C'est la Vie Always 21," you can see that much of what didn't hit big in the U.S. was some of the band's best work. As often happens with pop acts, once they begin to grow as artists, their fan base shrivels, which is exactly what happened with Ace of Base. With this album, though, you can see that when they matured they actually hit their stride. ~ Bryan Buss