Sequel albums are plentiful but rarely discussed or dissected as often as sequel films. Hip-hop artists are particularly fond of franchise albums. Usually the sequel album follows its predecessor by a few years, with rare exceptions. Now add New-Wave act ABC to the list of rare exceptions.
According to ABC collaborator Marcus Vere, ABC will be releasing The Lexicon of Love II on May 27, or 34 years after the Martin Fry-led band released the stunning original, The Lexicon of Love. The 1982 album, ABC’s first, featured two timeless classics, “The Look of Love (Part 1)” and “Poison Arrow.” The new edition will feature no re-orchestrated versions of songs from The Lexicon of Love, and Fry as the sole original member.
Vere—also a member of the recently reunited synth-pop group Living in a Box—wrote four songs on The Lexicon of Love II, including the first single “Viva Love.” The video for “Viva Love” will be directed by Julien Temple, according to Vere. Vere says that, like the famed archetype, Anne Dudley scored the entire album.
“It’s back to the ‘80s,” he says, “with a modern twist on it.” The album was produced by Gary Stevenson, who’s helmed albums for the likes of Rick Astley and Go West.
Vere says a decision to name the album The Lexicon of Love II wasn’t made by Virgin/EMI until after it was finished, which made it easier to concentrate on the task at hand. “It’s a bit of a high bar to jump over,” he says. “[The Lexicon of Love] is one of my all-time favorite records.”
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