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Album Review

Anni-Frid Lyngstad's debut LP, entitled Frida, also coincided with her taking on Benny Andersson, formerly of the Hep Stars, as her producer, and that event coincided with the singer's first distinctive recordings. For the first time in her career, working with Andersson (who co-wrote one song with Björn Ulvaeus, "Peter Pan," which she cut as a single), she shows a sound of her own, her voice emerging as a distinctly expressive and pure instrument amid Andersson's lean yet creative accompaniments. All 11 songs are appealing, and one can begin to hear the attributes that would emerge on the early ABBA recordings. The two best tracks are her versions of Paul Simon's "The Sound of Silence" and Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne," both done in Swedish (the former titled "En Ton Av Tystnad"), but it's all interesting and much of it is enjoyable, even if Lyngstad still had some way to go to find her range and reach her peak.

Customer Reviews

Great collection - but not as iTunes describes.

This is NOT Frida's first album from 1971. It is, rather, a compilation of some of Frida's recordings made bewteen 1975 and 1984. The somewhat erratic tracklisting of this collection serves to highlight the versatility of a truly wonderful singer. The 1975 Swedish-language cover of David Bowie's "Life On Mars" is particularly excellent. Elswhere, the punchy "Tell Me It's Over" and "I Know There's Something Going On" (both 1982), the stylishly brash "Shine" (1984) and the emotive "Ett Liv I Solen" (1975) really make this collection a must-have.

However, it would be a shame if iTunes were to waste their blurb on the wrong album. The 1971 début alum, "Frida," is a wonderful set: intelligent, sophistcated, assured. Infused with supremely tasteful arrangements and astonishing singing, the album really showed that Frida is a wonderful interpretive singer. Emotive without resorting to histrionics, poppy without being cheesy, accomplished without being showy and arch. Please, iTunes, upload the album.


Born: 15 November 1945 in Bjørkåsen, Ballangen, Norway

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s

Frida is a Scandinavian vocalist best known as a member of the massively successful Swedish pop outfit ABBA. With her warm mezzo-soprano vocal range and striking auburn hair, Frida often worked in beautiful counterpoint to her blonde soprano ABBA bandmate Agnetha Faltskog. Though she began her career as a traditional folk-inflected singer in the 1960s, by the 1980s she had matured into a sophisticated and environmentally conscious pop icon. Though she has kept a discreet public profile since the...
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