Saturday 7th August 2021
“ABC’s Martin Fry is a revelation, a soul man supreme, belting out pristine Vegas glitter pop and uptown House in his electric blue lounge suit, An ageless performer, Fry is the missing link between Bryan Ferry and Jarvis Cocker.
For the inevitable encore of ‘The Look of Love’ he returns dipped in sparkly gold lame, a self-ironising pop genius on top form.” Stephen Dalton NME
ABC has enjoyed a glittering career to date. Very definitely one of a number of groups who came along and kick-started the Eighties with their own brand of pop for a ‘new decade’.
On it’s release in May 1982, their debut album ‘The Lexicon of Love’ crashed straight into the UK album charts at number one, Showcasing the hits songs ‘Tears Are Not Enough’, ‘ Poison Arrow’, ‘The Look Of Love’ and ‘All Of My Heart’. A ground-breaking collection of modern love songs.
With a majestic production from the legendary Trevor Horn it remains a classic to this day. Voted by many as the best British album of the decade.
A mere 34 years since the release of the first ABC album, ABC return to the scene of their most resounding triumph with the May 27th 2016 with the release of ‘The Lexicon Of Love II’, Sonically doffing its cap to the original, it features 10 brand new songs from the pen of Martin Fry abetted by various musical cohorts.
It might take a less innocent, more experienced view on affairs of the heart than its million-selling predecessor, but it still concludes that all you need is love.
Foremost among Fry’s collaborators on the new album is Academy Award winning musician and composer Anne Dudley, who arranged the strings on the original Lexicon; she has provided orchestral arrangements that give ‘The Lexicon Of Love II’ its signature sound, and has co-written two of the key songs on the album: ‘The Love Inside The Love’ and ‘Brighter Than The Sun’.
Other songwriting partners include Grammy award winner Rob Fusari (Beyonce, Lady Gaga), film composer Charlie Mole and Marcus Vere, Production is by Gary Stevenson and Martin Fry.
The album debuted at #5 in the UK album charts with four Radio 2 A – List singles.
This year sees Martin follow up the successes of 2016 with a new contemporary ABC album.