A-ha: Morten Harket (vocals), Pal Waaktaar (guitar), Magne Furuholmen (keyboards).
Though A-Ha disappeared from the radar of most Americans after its massive 1985 MTV video hit "Take on Me," the Norwegian pop act continued to record new material throughout the '80s and into the early '90s, retaining a loyal European following. Released in '88, STAY ON THESE ROADS finds the effortlessly marketable trio offering up more synth-driven pop tunes, most notably the emotive title track and "The Blood That Moves the Body," a pulsing dance-oriented number. ROADS also features a reworking of A-Ha's theme from the James Bond film THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS, a version that hews closer to the group's signature keyboard-heavy sound. While STAY ON THESE ROADS is eclipsed by A-Ha's debut, HUNTING HIGH AND LOW, it is a worthy second stop for those delving further into the Scandinavian ensemble's oft-overlooked catalogue.