by Paul Cashmere, Noise11
ABC have recorded a sequel to their classic The Lexicon of Love after 34 years.
For the new album Fry brought back composer Anne Dudley, who arranged the strings on the original Lexicon. Dudley has co-written two new songs The Love Inside The Love and Brighter Than The Sun. Also contributing to the 10 new songs are Grammy award winner Rob Fusari (Beyonce, Lady Gaga) and film composer Charlie Mole and Marcus Vere. Production is by Gary Stevenson and Martin Fry.
The video for the first single, Viva Love, has been filmed by director Julien Temple in the Theatre Royal, Stratford East, the same venue where they shot the promo for Poison Arrow in ’82. Julien Temple went on to make a feature length movie starring ABC entitled Mantrap, released in ’83.
Fry had been working on this sequel for four years. “We performed a show at the Albert Hall a couple of years ago to mark the 30th anniversary of The Lexicon of Love. It struck me there and then that it was time to make a sequel,” singer Martin Fry said in a statement. “To explore those themes once again and to look at love through the eyes of a man in later life. Now the years have passed, my perspective on life and love has changed. I wanted to make an album that reflected that.”
The original Lexicon of Love reached number 1 in the UK, 9 in Australia and 24 in the USA.
The album also generated three hit songs Poison Arrow, The Look of Love and All Of My Heart.
The Lexicon Of Love II track listing:
- The Flames Of Desire
- Viva Love
- Ten Below Zero
- Confessions Of A Fool
- Singer Not The Song
- The Ship Of The Seasick Sailor
- Kiss Me Goodbye
- I Believe In Love
- The Love Inside The Love
- Brighter Than The Sun
- Viva Love Reprise