ABC will release The Lexicon Of Love II, the follow-up to the iconic, million-selling album of 1982, on 27th May on Virgin EMI....
The new album contains ten new songs by frontman Martin Fry, who co-produced it with Gary Stevenson, and will again see Fry working with the Oscar-winning composer-arranger Anne Dudley, who has provided the orchestra arrangements just as she did for the first album. Dudley has also co-written The Love Inside The Love and Brighter Than The Sun with Fry. His other co-writers on the project include the Grammy-winning Rob Fusari, film composer Charlie Mole and Marcus Vere, once of another group of 80s hitmakers, Living In A Box.
The first single from The Lexicon Of Love II is Viva Love, with a video directed by Julien Temple in the Theatre Royal, Stratford East, the location where Fry and ABC filmed the promo for Poison Arrow in 1982. Temple subsequently made a feature-length movie starring ABC and released in 1983 called Mantrap.
Viva Love had its worldwide radio debut on Ken Bruce’s show on BBC Radio 2 (feel old yet?) and Martin Fry himself tweeted a short extract from it.
Thank you @RealKenBruce and @BBCRadio2 for playing my new single Viva Love. #VivaLove pic.twitter.com/8Qt7jsx8FC— Martin Fry (@ABCFRY) April 12, 2016
“We performed a show at the Albert Hall a couple of years ago to mark the 30th anniversary of The Lexicon of Love,” says Fry. “It struck me there and then that it was time to make a sequel. 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 first Lexicon Of Love album, ABCs debut release, entered the UK chart at No. 1, stayed there for a month and spent its first 17 weeks in the top ten. Containing such landmark hits as The Look Of Love, Tears Are Not Enough, Poison Arrow and All Of My Heart, its style came to represent an entire era in British music of the 1980s.
The full track listing for The Lexicon Of Love II:
The Flames Of Desire
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
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