abba the album review
By 1977, ABBA was perhaps the biggest band in the world. The band is still writing catchy pop. How come they don’t sound ridiculous when by all right they should? There is a lot of vocal synchronization on The Album, which gives it the feel of a well-budgeted production of a musical. The single "Take a Chance on Me" is probably the best known cut. I enjoyed others albums more. However, the song has a true drive to it and great melodies. ( Log Out /  Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. “Move On” is another slow song but the its genre is hard to touch: what’s up with those stern sounding Bjorn monologues? Take A Chance On Me and The Name Of The Game were both hits in the US and UK. "Take a chance on me" is my favourite Abba song. That’s because it doesn’t flaunt it’s complexity: it simply makes it part of the song. The last three tracks were all from a mini-musical called "The Girl With The Golden Hair". The album remains obtensibly pop while delving into arty formulas the band hadn’t really tried. That they did this without compromising their essential virtues as a pop ensemble makes this album seem even more extraordinary, though at the time nobody bothered to analyze it -- The Album was simply an incredibly popular release, yielding two British number one singles in "The Name of the Game" and "Take a Chance on Me" (which made the Top Five in America, their second-best showing after "Dancing Queen"), and achieving the quartet's highest-ever showing on the U.S. LP charts, reaching the Top 20 and selling a million copies in six months. Immersion In 24 Hours Of Throbbing Gristle: A Post-Industrial “Soul Train”, H. Jon Benjamin’s “Well I Should Have” Review, Kool Keith’s Sex Style – Get Ready to Take a Shower, Inexplicable Albums: The Grateful Dead’s “Infrared Roses”. The first sign that the band has gotten more serious comes with the very first track. After releasing “Voulez Vous” one can tell the band may have had a slight re-think of their position in the rock and roll world. Their list of top 10 hits was already endless and the band had undertaken several world conquering tours. It’s such a beautiful, fully realized album that the band’s later immersion into a more synthesized and even disco based sound could only be a let down. How else can one feel about those basso profundo pronunciations of “there’s gotta be rock and roll…to fill the hole in your soul”? Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. Isn’t that a bit too fiddly diddly for ABBA? All of these songs move by so quickly and are so rich in melodic and arrangement details that the head spins. A perfectly odd ending to a perfectly odd album. Apparently, ABBA had time: the boys and gals marshal their forces and create another essentially perfect album. Their list of top 10 hits was already endless and the band had undertaken several world conquering tours. ABBA isn’t known for their atmospheric abilities but this track shows when the band wanted to, they could create a near perfect atmosphere within a pop song format. The first sign that the band has gotten more serious comes with the very first track. It has such a potential to be cheesy (just listen to the Doris Day or Carpenter’s version to understand that) and so nearly crosses the line at times. “I’m a Marionette” is perhaps the song that departs the most from the typical ABBA formula and shows what the guys were truly capable of when they wanted to try a bit harder. Of the three, "Thank You For The Music" is the standout track. But then the album ends with one of those ropey, overly triumphant moments that ABBA are so fond of, 'The Way Old Friends Do', the whole band vocally layered universe-wide with cheering audiences. ( Log Out /  The very next song is as dark as this song is bright: “The Winner Takes it All” is one of ABBA’s truest downbeat songs. The complex introduction is almost worth the price of the song. Sad to say, ABBA’s lyrics are actually better than Greg Lake’s in that they actually do make some kind of concrete sense and aren’t just profundity for the sake of profundity. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. It’s basically a “story” song in that it progresses the story. The evolution is magical. Review Summary: ABBA's final studio album which proved to be a under appreciated gem of pop music. That’s because it doesn’t flaunt it’s complexity: it simply makes it part of the song. Following the pop classic ARRIVAL came The Album, a decidedly more American approach than previous releases. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, Reviewed in the United States on October 12, 2019, Great Songs.

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