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Album Review

With the demise of ABBA in 1982, both of the group's female singers, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Agnetha Faltskog, returned to the solo careers they had pursued before its formation. Lyngstad, billed as Frida, was out of the gate first (before the official announcement of the breakup, in fact) with 1982's Something's Going On, produced by Phil Collins, whose drumming was apparent on the album's U.S. Top 20 hit, "I Know There's Something Going On," and who provided duet vocals on the non-charting follow-up single, "Here We'll Stay." Faltskog followed in 1983 with Wrap Your Arms Around Me, which spawned a U.S. Top 40 hit in "Can't Shake Loose" and a U.K. one in "The Heat Is On." Frida's Shine (1984) and Faltskog's Eyes of a Woman (1985) were less successful and, after Faltskog's I Stand Alone (1988), the two singers essentially retired. The Voice of ABBA compiles tracks from each of Frida and Faltskog's first two solo albums, sequencing them alternately. Oddly, "Can't Shake Loose" is missing, as is Frida's U.K. chart entry, "Time," robbing the collection of the claim to being a hits compilation for the 1982-1985 period. ABBA fans will recognize Faltskog's sweet voice and Frida's slightly edgier one, of course, but that's as much of the sound of ABBA as they will hear. The two singers each tried to meet the early-'80s pop/rock marketplace, with its reliance on synthesizers and stop-start dance rhythms, rather than copying the homogenized, neo-'60s pop of ABBA. Just as they had with ABBA writer-producers Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, they served as mouthpieces for whomever they were working with, whether Collins or someone else. For example, Frida's "Heart of the Country" sounded like a lost Big Country song for a reason: It had been written by the group's leader, Stuart Adamson.

Customer Reviews

We Should Be Together.

Well here is a compilation of some of the tracks recorded by the 2 abba girls on their solo efforts. Agnetha's tracks include some b-sides (You're There & Turn The World Around) available on other CD's. Frida has 1 b-side not available anywhere else on CD (That's Tough) although it is credited to Agnetha (as is 'Heart Of The Country - which is also a Frida track). Of the 7 Agnetha tracks - 4 were singles with some success (mainly in Europe), 2 are B-sides and 1 is an LP track. Why they didn't put 'Can't Shake Loose' instead of that I don't know. Of Frida's 7 tracks - all but 1 were released as singles somewhere in the world (the other being the aforementioned b side). The tracks are a good representation of their early post abba work. Some great tracks, some not so great. The track listing could have been better - but that's not the artists fault. Agnetha went on to release better work (I Stand Alone, That's Me - Greatest Hits & Colouring Book). Frida has not released any English language stuff in a while. If you are just after the main singles then this is a good representation of both their work on 1 CD....Where's the videos????

Not sure there's much going on

Abba were one of the greatest and, at the same time, most underated groups of all time. In the 1980s ABBA was viewed with a certain kind of angloamerican snobbery that ignored the quality of their songwriting and ignored Agnetha and Frida as two of the greatest female vocalist ever. Maybe this is the reason why they never really had the songs written for them that their unique voices required and deserved. That would be my critisism of much of their 80's songs, not the artists but the mediochre material they were presented with. Following the demise of ABBA they both deserved to be huge solo stars in their own right, had only someone presented them with songs of the same calibre as Benny and Bjorn used to churn out of polar studios. An occasional track on this album is mildly enjoyable such as 'The Heat is On' and 'I know there's something going on' but most is instantly forgetable, or at worst, cringeworthy. Interestingly, when Agnetha turned her hand to an album of covers on the album 'My Colouring Book' we are reminded of what an amazng talent she is. Someone write thee poor girls a decent song and make millions of ABBA fans very happy.


Born: 05 April 1950 in Jönköping, Sweden

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although she had made a name for herself as a solo artist in Sweden, Agnetha Fältskog will always be best known as one-fourth of ABBA, one of the most commercially successful and internationally beloved pop acts of all time. Born on April 5, 1950, Fältskog was encouraged to pursue her love of music from an early age and was already performing with two school friends as the Cambers by the time she was a teen. Leaving school at 15 to pursue her music, Fältskog soon found herself singing with Bernt...
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