13 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Any suspicions that ABBA were a Eurovision-spawned flash in the pan were dispelled by the international success of their self-titled third album, released in 1975. This masterful batch of tunes further refine the Swedish quartet’s luminous vocal harmony-centered sound. In the States, the album is best known for its Top 40 singles “SOS” (pronounced by no less than Pete Townshend as “the best pop song ever written”), “I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do” (a soaring rock ballad with big-band overtones), and “Mamma Mia” (later the title number of an immensely popular Broadway musical). “Bang-A-Boomerang”—a hit in several European countries—also ranks among the key tracks here. There’s hardly a speck of filler on the rest of the album, which embraces everything from sunny reggae grooves (“Tropical Loveland”), hard-thumping glam rock (“Hey, Hey Helen,” “Rock Me”), and ambitious classically influenced instrumentals (“Intermezzo No. 1”). Overall, Björn, Benny, Agnetha, and Frida infuse every curvaceous melodic turn and brassy chorus hook with a joie de vivre that’s positively infectious.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Any suspicions that ABBA were a Eurovision-spawned flash in the pan were dispelled by the international success of their self-titled third album, released in 1975. This masterful batch of tunes further refine the Swedish quartet’s luminous vocal harmony-centered sound. In the States, the album is best known for its Top 40 singles “SOS” (pronounced by no less than Pete Townshend as “the best pop song ever written”), “I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do” (a soaring rock ballad with big-band overtones), and “Mamma Mia” (later the title number of an immensely popular Broadway musical). “Bang-A-Boomerang”—a hit in several European countries—also ranks among the key tracks here. There’s hardly a speck of filler on the rest of the album, which embraces everything from sunny reggae grooves (“Tropical Loveland”), hard-thumping glam rock (“Hey, Hey Helen,” “Rock Me”), and ambitious classically influenced instrumentals (“Intermezzo No. 1”). Overall, Björn, Benny, Agnetha, and Frida infuse every curvaceous melodic turn and brassy chorus hook with a joie de vivre that’s positively infectious.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
14 Ratings
14 Ratings
therreid ,

Classic album!

Mamma mia is the song that comes to mind when you think of abba. Its so addicting! I don't care what people say, that song isn't pop, it's rock. SOS makes me wanna get up and dance every time! I do I do I do I do i do is classic abba and I love the sax part in the beginning. I've been waiting for you sounds sort of like the partridge family to me, idk why xD. And omg I can't believe So Long did so horribly when it was released as a single, it instantly became one of my favorites. This is really when they became abba! Such a classic!

Abc123easyas... ,

Classic

If you wanna listen to something that makes you feel all cheery inside, this album is for you :)

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