YMMV / Ace of Base

  • Covered Up: When "Don't Turn Around" was climbing the charts, very few people were aware it was a cover. The song was originally performed by Tina Turner, and recorded by several other artists before Ace of Base, including Bonnie Tyler and Neil Diamond.
  • Critical Dissonance: Golden Ratio had a divisive response from fans, mainly because of Malin and Jenny being replaced by Clara and Julia, but was well-received by critics.
  • Fandom Berserk Button: You must tend with caution if you're going to say something about Clara Hagman and Julia Williamson to fans since sisters, Malin and Jenny, do have a larger fan base. A lot larger.
  • Follow the Leader: "Never Gonna Say I'm Sorry" was made deliberately to sound like their first big hit, "All That She Wants". Unfortunately, it didn't reach nearly the same amount of commercial success.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The video for "All That She Wants" had a woman at a bar seeking a man to do who knows what, which was done in 1992. This seems disturbing after 1994 when Jenny was involved in a home invasion, where her sister, Malin, was a target of a stalker.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The song "Living in Danger" seems harsher when one looks at what happened to Malin.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: Although they are still a respected name in their native Sweden, they received a great deal of unwanted attention when it was learned that band member Ulf Ekberg had dabbled in neo-Nazism in his youth. While Ekberg regards this phase as an Old Shame, it was still enough to get the entire band labeled as neo-Nazis and blacklisted from many radio stations.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Clara and Julia.
  • Signature Song: Probably "The Sign", but some might argue for "All That She Wants".
  • Special Effects Failure: Unfortunately seen in a few of their mid-90's videos that features heavy use of green screen which leads to...rather unrealistic scenes. Abused the most in "Never Gonna Say I'm Sorry" and "Beautiful Life".
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: "Alejandro" by Lady Gaga lifts its chorus from the bridge of "Don't Turn Around".
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Some of the songs by the band does contain some adult context.
    • "All That She Wants": It has been long debated on rather or not it was about prostitution, unlike "Love For Sale" which is clearly talking about the matter. Actually it's about a woman seeking casual sex.
    • The song "Happy Nation" has been viewed as either a protest song against totalitarianism, or having pro-Nazi subtext.
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