Ace of Base sold more
million albums and 15 milliom singles. Now they are back with the
single "Beautiful Morning", a classic pop-song with the typical Ace of
Base-style, which was written from the 3 Berggren-siblings. In the
early autumn 2002 the band will release a new album. It is the first
album with only non-published songs since "Flowers/Cruel Summer"
(1998) and combines the classic pop-sound of the band with new
"Since our last album (Flowers)
we had to be occupied with the thoughts to make a new album. Perhaps
some people guessed, we were splitted, but this apllies to many other
bands", says Jenny with a smile and refers to the trend in the
music-industry and the fusions of many great labels. And this
situation (fusion) made the recording and creating of the new album
slower as hoped for.
For the right sound for the new album some producers were instructed:
the swedish Jonas Von der Burg and Harry Sommerdahl from the
Pile-studios had produced and together with Jonas Berggren composed
some songs too, further the german Axel Breitung and Thorsten
Brötzmann (No Angels) worked on the album. Jonas Berggren wrote some
songs alone and some songs with the producers and some songs with the
"Change With the Light" was written by all the band-members and
together with Pontus Söderquist on the Stockholm LaCarr studio
pre-produced (the highly reputated guitar-player Martin Hedström came
later to help with the production of "The Juvenile"). The production
of "Change With The Light" was finished by Cheif 1 in Denmark. It is a
very special song for Ace of Base, because the writing of the song was
made by all band-members, which was superwised by Ulf Ekberg. "He had
to protect, that we got good food and nice people around us. He wanted,
that we all felt good. It was great, that we got to know us as human
being and musicians on this kind of work", said Jenny Berggren.
The album shows the diversity of the band. If it is the big section of
pop-music, they rules all the variety of it. From the first single "Beautiful
Morning", classical pop-music from the best (written from the siblings),
over "Ordinary Day", a very harmonic and relaxed song, which Jonas had
recovered with help of his wife Birthe as he played to her, to "Da
Capo", a very amusing up-tempo-song and on of the favorite songs of
Jonas. "The Juvenile" is a slow, dramatic song, which was original
written for a James-Bond-movie. The label of that time convinced the
band not to use the song for the movie. So the band instead of this
wrote a new text to "The Juvenile".
"I love the message of the song", says Jenny in agreemant. "Rather the
song says us, if you don`t care for the youth today, the youth will
not care for you in time to come."
Jenny and Linn had the possibility to use often the studio of their
brother. In "The Barn" (was built in a barn, which was used "ur-ur-grandfather"
of the siblings) they recorded their thoughts with singing, id they
were in the right atmosphere. Other recordings were made on the LaCarr
studio and the Pile studios in Stockholm, but in Hamburg important
parts of the album were produced too.