Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Norwegian masters of melancholic synth-pop get back to basics.
  2. 60
    It takes a while to move beyond prettily pleasant, but the band's pining melancholy kicks in on 'What There Is' and 'Real Meaning.' [Sep 2009, p.79]
  3. Foot of the Mountain's core consists of the same grown-up wistfulness that's powered Barlow and company's comeback.
  4. The kind of album that sounds like it should be No 1 in Germany, which, of course, it was recently.
  5. The standard of the songs never rises above the mildly pleasant, and occasionally - as on the self-consciously 'widescreen' title track or the wetter-than-a-fish's-wet-bits Mother Nature Goes To Heaven - it's pat and drab.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. RichardQ
    Aug 14, 2009
    A brilliant album - not a return to form because the last three albums have all been stunning. For those unitiated into the warm world of human emotion that is recent a-ha, check out the songs "Lifelines" "Analogue", "Fine Blue Line", "Barely Hanging On", "Birthright" and on this wonderful album, the let's get out of this place forever right now romanticism of "Foot of the Mountain", "What There is" and "Riding The Crest". Synthpop, along with La Roux (not a comparison, a compliment), along with the Friendly Fires, has never been so good in the 00's. Full Review »
  2. TheRimRider
    Aug 12, 2009
    Not their best, but they have put out consistently good albums since the eighties and occasionally very good ones, (Minor Earth, Major Sky). You know what you're in for as soon as you know who the band is, so put preconceptions aside and go along for the ride. They make pop records as good as anyone today. Full Review »
  3. sylvainb
    Aug 11, 2009
    Come back of 2009.