TITLE: The Lexicon of Love
YEAR RELEASED: 1982
CHART ACTION: #24 US, #1 UK
SINGLES: Tears Are Not Enough (#19 UK), Poison Arrow (#25 US, #39 Dance, #6 UK), The Look of Love (#18 US, #1 Dance, #4 UK), All of My Heart (#5 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Show Me
LINEUP: Martin Fry, Mark White, Stephen Singleton, David Palmer with Anne Dudley, Brad Lang, and others
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The ultimate sophisticated dance pop album.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: ABC, arragner Anne Dudley and producer Trevor Horn constructed this witty, smart, and sophisticated album that somehow escapes pretention (for the most part) and whisks you into a world of love, loss, and wordplay.
Two tracks “Poison Arrow” and “The Look of Love” are well-known 80’s tracks, but the entire album is full of pop hooks, elegant arrangements, and witty lyrics. Even the requisite ballad “All of My Heart” isn’t just a weepy ballad – the arrangement is exquisite.
ABC wouldn’t scale these heights again, but this record cements their legacy.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: They had a long form video called “Mantrap” directed by Julien Temple.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, versions with B-sides and dance mixes.
GRADE A+: Best of the new-romantic class.