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EDITORS’ NOTES

If there’s a single definitive ABBA album, it may well be 1977's Arrival: a brilliant synthesis of everything the Swedish foursome did well. The group’s fourth album is at once ambitious and immediately ear-catching, filled with irresistible pop hooks and stirring rhythms. Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus exceed their typically high melodic standards here, whether they’re whipping up frothy Europop (“When I Kissed the Teacher,” “Dum Dum Diddle”), veering into Teutonic cabaret sounds (“Money, Money, Money”) or introducing a Celtic folk element (the title tune). Agnetha Faltskog and Frida Lyngstad’s twin lead vocals have plenty of room to shine, especially on richly sculpted ballads like “My Love, My Life” and “Knowing Me, Knowing You.” Most of all, Arrival is remembered for “Dancing Queen,” one of the great pop singles of the '70s, as well as ABBA’s only No. 1 hit in the States. Beyond its individual tracks, Arrival radiates a confidence and joyful spirit that transcends its near-flawless sense of craft. ABBA were sailing high when they made this album, and it shows. (The 2001 reissue adds the band’s Spanish-tinged international hit “Fernando” and the breezy B-side “Happy Hawaii.”)

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EDITORS’ NOTES

If there’s a single definitive ABBA album, it may well be 1977's Arrival: a brilliant synthesis of everything the Swedish foursome did well. The group’s fourth album is at once ambitious and immediately ear-catching, filled with irresistible pop hooks and stirring rhythms. Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus exceed their typically high melodic standards here, whether they’re whipping up frothy Europop (“When I Kissed the Teacher,” “Dum Dum Diddle”), veering into Teutonic cabaret sounds (“Money, Money, Money”) or introducing a Celtic folk element (the title tune). Agnetha Faltskog and Frida Lyngstad’s twin lead vocals have plenty of room to shine, especially on richly sculpted ballads like “My Love, My Life” and “Knowing Me, Knowing You.” Most of all, Arrival is remembered for “Dancing Queen,” one of the great pop singles of the '70s, as well as ABBA’s only No. 1 hit in the States. Beyond its individual tracks, Arrival radiates a confidence and joyful spirit that transcends its near-flawless sense of craft. ABBA were sailing high when they made this album, and it shows. (The 2001 reissue adds the band’s Spanish-tinged international hit “Fernando” and the breezy B-side “Happy Hawaii.”)

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
29 Ratings
29 Ratings
ecurb2935 ,

ABBA-must have music

ABBA has a large catalogue of songs often covered by there greatest hits or Gold albums. Fernando is my favorite song on the album as well as Knowing Me, Knowing You, but the real gem here is Tiger. It is one of the most under-rated songs in the ABBA collection. I recommend buying this album, or least pick up the single "Tiger".

therreid ,

Luv it so much

One of my favorite albums ever! Dancing queen is one of my fav songs of all time, it's just so fun. Knowing me knowing you was one of their biggest hits and it's not hard to see why, listen to it and you'll b blown away. Money money money is another one of my favs. I luv how they performed it in mamma mia. And last but certainly not least we have Fernando, their bestselling single and awesome song. One of their best if not the best... Buy it

spartacus84 ,

Tiger is the hidden gem

This is the first ABBA album I bought. The more you listen to this album, the more Tiger emerges from the shadows of the other solid hits. Check out the video, too. Captures them in their prime. They were fierce way before fierce became a thing.

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