BBC – Music – Overview of ABBA
In April 1975, ABBA have been anxious that the heady days have been over. Waterloo, their track about one woman’s give up within the battle of affection, had received the Eurovision Contest 12 lengthy months earlier. Opinions of the group had been optimistic – even Rolling Stone had stated they have been placing “new life into… cartoon pop” – however latest UK singles had flopped, and excursions weren’t promoting out.
Time then, for a troublesome third album that includes reggae, prog, rock and funk, and someplace within the center, a giddy SOS. “Right here I am going once more,” the primary monitor begins. How may we resist them?
At first, it is odd to suppose that this was the album that broke Sweden’s greatest band; it dashes from style to style, with just a few large hits within the center.
Mamma Mia is now so acquainted it is like a nursery rhyme. That chirpy marimba and that refrain – the hooks conserving coming and coming – are actually a significant a part of pop’s DNA.
In it, we discover one among ABBA’s trademark unhappy, layered tales, bubbly and joyous to the ear, however filled with darker particulars about “slammed doorways”, and an “indignant and unhappy” lady that is “not that robust”. Lyrical depth and glossy surfaces: listed here are ABBA, early on, refining their magical system.
This will get repeated elsewhere, with combined outcomes. Hey, Hey Helen begins with crunchy guitars earlier than stunning with the story of a lady that is left her husband and youngsters.
Bang-A-Boomerang and I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do follow bouncier pop, the previous brimming with recommendation about compromise inside marriage, the latter utilizing the marriage declaration to masks lyrics teeming with insecurity.
Then they play with sound. Tropical Loveland’s pop-reggae crossover reveals ahead considering however little in method of fabulousness; Intermezzo No 1’s Sure-style synth-opus is ridiculous, however often rewarding. Rock Me’s late entry into the glam canon fits the band higher, Björn’s screechin’-and-a-squealin’ offering explicit pleasures.
ABBA doubters can be pleasantly stunned to seek out the band’s want to experiment right here. If that is you, breathe deep and plunge into their again catalogue – there’s loads extra depth to discover.
Lengthy-term followers will benefit from the accompanying DVD, and be reminded of an attention-grabbing juncture within the quartet’s profession. As they tilted between failure and success, they threw all the pieces into the combo. Earlier than lengthy, they might have the entire world in entrance of them.
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