Album: A-ha, Foot of the Mountain, (Universal)

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A-ha were arguably the first veteran band to realise it was possible to express “grown-up” feelings without growing beards or going solo, and that the supposedly ephemeral genre with which they made their name, teen-aimed pop, could be an eternally valid vehicle.

On their ninth album, the yearning quality which was present on Hunting High and Low has been amplified by time’s tide. FOTM is a fine specimen that those hidebound by Oldthink would consider oxymoronic: an adult pop record