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The release of The Album in 1978 signaled a new level of ambition in ABBA’s music. The giddy energy and sheer tunefulness that had always typified the Swedish foursome’s work is still present; what’s new is a more sophisticated use of musical influences and greater lyrical depth. The Album beefs up ABBA’s rock quotient with plenty of incisive lead guitar by Lasse Wellander and a tougher rhythm sound overall. The pop elements take on a heightened luster, with Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad merging voices sublimely on “Take a Chance on Me” and “The Name of the Game.” Chief composers Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus expand their sonic palette with touches of prog rock and European theater elements, heard in the stirring sweep of “Eagle” and the cabaret-like moodiness of “I’m a Marionette.” The latter song is likewise noticeable for its jaundiced view of show business; clearly, ABBA were stepping away from exclusively upbeat content at this point in their career. Elegantly emotive ballads like “Thank You for the Music” and “I Wonder (Departure)” further enrich this consistently impressive song collection.

Customer Reviews

Flawless album

this is by far their best. every song is amazing, but the song i wonder is what i consider to be their best. no group has EVER captured the magic of that song. buy it!

Solid album

As good as Europop can get. One man, One woman is hugely underrated song beautifully delivered by Frida. Wistful tone a harbinger of things to come in following albums.

Biography

Formed: 1972 in Stockholm, Sweden

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s

The most commercially successful pop group of the 1970s, the origins of the Swedish superstars ABBA dated back to 1966, when keyboardist and vocalist Benny Andersson, a onetime member of the popular beat outfit the Hep Stars, first teamed with guitarist and vocalist Bjorn Ulvaeus, the leader of the folk-rock unit the Hootenanny Singers. The two performers began composing songs together and handling session and production work for Polar Music/Union Songs, a publishing company owned by Stig Anderson,...
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