Album of the week (September 2, 2019)

Forever Young by Alphaville (Germany)

Forever Young is the debut album released by West German synth-pop/rock group Alphaville on September 27, 1984, by Warner Music Group. The album is Alphaville’s most critically-acclaimed album, and an estimated 2,000,000 copies have been sold. Reviews of the album are generally positive, with one reviewer calling it “a classic synth pop album” and “a wonderfully fun ride from start to finish.” It charted well, hitting the Top 20 in six European countries (and hitting #1 in two of them), but it failed to make an impact on the US charts, faring no better than #180.

The lyrics of Summer in Berlin may contain a subtle reference to the 1953 East Germany uprising that started on June 17th.