Scoundrel Days (studio album) by a-ha

Scoundrel Days
Scoundrel Days by a-ha
Year: 1986
Overall rank: 2,185th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
73/100 (from 157 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top albums of 1986 (31st)
Award Top albums of the 1980s (347th)
Award Best albums of all time (2,185th)
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A-Ha Vinyl LP Scoundrel Days 1986 Original Vinyl LP VG+ Exc Condition
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A-HA Vinyl LP Scoundrel Days (German Pressing) incl Cry Wolf,Manhattan Skyline
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Time left: 7h 11m 23s
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A-HA KOREA VINYL LP 12" PROMO COPY SCOUNDREL DAYS 1986 pressing w/INSERT
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Time left: 7h 44m 23s
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a-ha bestography

Scoundrel Days is ranked 2nd best out of 16 albums by a-ha on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by a-ha is Hunting High And Low which is ranked number 1986 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 845.

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73/100 (from 157 votes)
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From 08/15/2019 20:50
This is an album/CD I can still listen to in 2019 and still enjoy from start to finish. Favourites are track 3,7 & 10.
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85/100
From 03/21/2019 22:01
For me there isn't a lot to choose between this album and Hunting High and Low. Both are excellent but quite different albums, I would say this one has a slightly harder less pop edge to it. 'Cry Wolf' and 'Manhatten Skyline' are my top tracks.
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60/100
From 04/26/2018 15:56
A very typical 80s pop album, I don't hear any identity in this music.
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95/100
From 01/05/2018 15:47
Easily their best album, includes the best song they ever did (Manhattan Skylines) and 8 other great tracks. The only flaw is the boring Maybe Maybe, which is what people who don't like A-ha think A-ha are like, unintelligent pop fluff.
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From 06/12/2017 17:49
Great three first songs
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From 04/23/2016 19:48
This was really hard for me to listen to.
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Rating:  
90/100
From 11/26/2013 19:58
Seem to remember this being good and their best. Not heard it in many a year only the stuff on greatest hits which I have on cd. Have this on vinyl must did it out! They are looked on as a.joke band by the cool police who cite the overrated prefab sprout as an 80s highlight and laugh when you mention aha. Btw check john peels online record collection and you will find this amongst the obscurities. Vindication!
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From 10/17/2012 08:51
It's rather not the best a-ha album. The best track; Manhattan Skyline others are under average
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95/100
From 01/28/2012 06:53
The thing about this album is that it was a shock for the people who were expecting a cheerful boyband easy listening experience.
Instead what they got was a dark, melodic, demanding collection of songs. It is one of the best examples of the 80s pop scene, exploring the boundries of experimentation...
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From 09/02/2010 02:40
I'm not sure what made me choose this album today. Mostly it's random what I listen/pick up nowadays. Sometimes it's a shiny cover or great song. This had neither but today it was the one. I had heard their work before and expected upbeat pop songs and lovely melodies. The title track passed, wept and left. The next... the next... the next... it didn't take me long to see I was being swept out to sea. Highlights were as frequent as landmarks on the Atlantic. There was an attempt at experimentation at the end of 'I've Been Losing You'. On October he's whispering in an attempt at sensuality. He's saying "down in the city" repeatedly near the end. I'm left cold. In the next song he is comparing falling of the Manhattan skyscraper to falling in love, saying he doesn't want to do it again because it "hurts". This could be a metaphor for destruction of self or something, maybe that's what they were into in the 80s? While you ponder you have orchestral arrangements as apocalyptic as a doughnut. But the icing on the cake was 'We're Looking For Whales'. I'm sure the singers "were looking for little European girls" and then retracts the comments to lay down the original motive, whales. All this constantly for 3 something minutes! Scoundrels indeed. Everything else was painfully mundane. Synths and arrangements made songs seem 1 minute long (Crying Wolf, The Swing Of Things) while others were erased from existence. It would be a moot point to say they're unmemorable. Maybe... Maybe I'm wrong so wrong. This was so formulaic it began to sound amazing in a strange way. Everything forced it's way towards me expecting a big hug and I had to force it away. Relentless like a crashing tide. Suppose it could serve as a beacon for the current "indie" scene. Then again, No. A once in a lifetime experience.
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