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“It Was Like Disco, But In A Bob Dylan Way”: The Lexicon Of Love

Daryl Easlea, Neutron/Mercury Records, November 2004

FEW ALBUMS DEFINE the resonance and the beauty of a particular era as does The Lexicon Of Love by ABC. It could be said that it even kick-started the musical '80s as we know them. It's embedded deep in the fabric of popular culture; more know the album than those who bought it. Name checked, referenced and, now, frequently in "best of all-time" polls; more knowing than anything else then on offer. It doesn't matter that there may be better individual songs by ABC on their other albums; or that '4 Ever 2 Gether' sounds something like an out-take from Drama by Yes; the album, as a whole, just is: the album that finally signalled the end of the '70s and really opened up the '80s wide, in full, glorious Technicolor.

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