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The Abba Generation

A*Teens

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Album Review

When ABBA was together, many American rock critics gave the Swedish group scathing reviews and dismissed its pop-rock, Euro-pop, and Euro-disco as disposable fluff. But time would be much kinder to ABBA than American rock critics, and its songs proved to be anything but disposable. Although ABBA broke up in 1983, its music proved to be quite durable and continued to be incredibly influential when the 21st century arrived — in 1999 and 2000, artists all over Europe were proudly claiming ABBA as a major influence. One example of ABBAmania came from Swedish teen popsters the A*Teens, who pay tribute to their idols on The ABBA Generation. The members of this half male, half female quartet from Stockholm were 15 and 16 when this CD came out in the U.S. in 2000, which means that they weren't even born when ABBA was together. And that fact says a lot — even though ABBA's ex-members are old enough to be the A*Teens' parents, the adolescents are calling themselves The ABBA Generation. The A*Teens' versions of ABBA gems like "Take a Chance on Me," "Mamma Mia," "Dancing Queen," and "Voulez-Vous" aren't brilliant, but they're enjoyable — and they show just how well the songs have held up over time. Not surprisingly, the high-tech production is about as European-sounding as it gets; anyone who appreciates the Hi-NRG/Euro-dance sound will have a hard time not moving to the A*Teens' remakes of "S.O.S.," "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme (a Man After Midnight)," and "Lay All Your Love on Me." Listeners could nit-pick about the absence of "Waterloo" (one of ABBA's finest songs), but all things considered, The ABBA Generation is a pleasing, if unremarkable, testament to the durability of ABBA's songs.

Customer Reviews

Never too old!!!!

Probibly older than most of you, I had ALL off ABBA's albums. Yes kids, they were called albums back in the day. My friends thought I was insane for even listening to this band. Today, I know it was the right thing to do. Good music NEVER dies, it just gets better. I happened to overhear S.O.S. by A*Teens one day and couldn't believe how good it sounded. ABBA's music and A*Teens versions of there songs can put anybody in a good mood no matter how bad a day they have had. A big THANK YOU to the A*Teens for keeping great music and songs alive and kickin'!!!!!!

a*teens.... what a great memory

I remember my best friend and I used to be huge fans of a*teens. We loved them. We were like 8 or 9 years old and I still remember them. They are still, and always will be, one of my favorite groups that I liked when I was little. =) I also hope that they will make more cds. They are fantistico! ;-)

Where did they go?

Raise your hand if you love A*Teens! I did! They have a way of getting to the younger audience. I remember dancing to their music video’s on Nick. Or did. Till they disappeared. Odd? Yeah. Ok I barely remember 9/11, I was in like 4th grade, and then the A*Teens went bye-bye. There was no news on it or anything! Weird? Yeah. So To bring the A*Teens out of their friendship break-up, BUY THEIR SONGS!!, I recommend "to the music" and " Slamin Kinda love" ( they are in different albums ) Who knows maybe the A*Teens are right here on I tunes, reading this review!

Biography

Formed: 1998

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Über-ABBA tribute A*Teens assembled Stockholm, Sweden-based adolescents Marie Serneholt, Sara Lumholdt, Dhani Lennevald, and Amit Paul. Beginning work on their debut album The ABBA Generation in 1998, two years later the group topped the European charts with their cover of "Mamma Mia," achieving the feat exactly a quarter of a century after the original ABBA hit number one with their own rendition of the song. The aforementioned LP contains similarly modernized renditions of ABBA classics like "Dancing...
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