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ABBA - The Visitors (1997) Retail CD
Swedish Pop/ Rock
In 1981, relations in the ABBA camp were strained by two divorces. The studio atmosphere was, reportedly, cool and according to Carl Magnus Palm in his excellent book 'ABBA - the Complete Recording Sessions', Bjorn and Benny were having a difficult time with some of the songs. All of which makes ABBA's final album an intriguing proposition. You can HEAR the struggles.Although the album entered the UK chart at No.1 and spawned a Top 3 hit in the shape of 'One Of Us', the album remains one of ABBA's most underrated works. The production and vocal harmonies, though still magical, were sparser andmore… the arrangements were more experimental than on previous releases. The album was something of a break from the traditional ABBA sound. The lead-off single, 'One Of Us' might have led fans to expect another poppy, 'Super Trouper' kind of album. However, opening with the harder-edged, other-worldly title track (with Frida in superb voice) the album was always going to challenge preconceptions. The non-pop approach to songs like 'I Let The Music Speak' (a show-tune in waiting, if ever I heard one), the Sgt. Pepper-ish 'Two For The Price Of One' and the chillingly beautiful 'Like An Angel Passing Through My Room' were definite departures. While songs like 'Soldiers' and 'Head Over Heels' might have been more "trademark ABBA", there was still an element of progress and experimentation evident in the arrangements.Arguably, the US market got the better singles from this set: first, 'When All Is Said And Done', probably ABBA's best 'bad-marriage' song and then an edited version of 'The Visitors'. The latter became an air-pay hit on cutting-edge US college radio and deservedly garnered rave reviews. The UK singles, 'One Of Us' and 'Head Over Heels' were ostensibly much 'safer' bets. Although the latter's failure to reach even the Top 20 might indicate that the yanks had the right idea....Certainly, this album might not be what the casual CD buyer might expect from an ABBA album: it's low on kitsch and dance tunes. However, repeated listening really pays dividends. This is an excellent album, one to treasure.
|2||Head Over Heels|
|3||When All Is Said and Done|
|5||I Let the Music Speak|
|6||One of Us|
|7||Two for the Price of One|
|8||Slipping Through My Fingers|
|9||Like an Angel Passing Through My Room|
- ABBA - The Visitors (1997) Retail CD
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