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ABBA concluded their album-making career on a high (if bittersweet) note with The Visitors (1981). Marital discord and career pressures sealed the foursome’s fate – but rather than let their legacy peter out, ABBA turned their swansong into a striking final statement. The Visitors bears the influence of New Wave bands like Ultravox and the Buggles; its sleek sound conceals moody asides and quirky left turns. Themes of inner turmoil and disillusionment replace the usually upbeat sentiments the band had been known for – the title track throbs with paranoia, while “Like An Angel Passing Through My Room” stirs the ashes of dying love, and “When All Is Said And Done” and “One Of Us” become vehicles for singers Frida and Agnetha to work out their post-romantic angst. The arrangements are fresh and inventive, mixing tingling mandolins and chiming guitars with surging keyboard lines and hints of reggae. The regrets underlying the songs are clearly evident – yet there’s a vigor to these tracks that mitigates the sorrow. Both a farewell and a culmination, The Visitors is ABBA’s most revealing album and among their very best releases overall.

Customer Reviews

Abba's last album

It had some of their best work. So underrated! The title song, the visitors brings the group into the 80s with it's futuristic sound. Way ahead of its time! Head over heels is very catchy and addicting. When all is said and done most likely talks about Benny and Frida's split and has a very good message, the love still goes on but just in a different way :). Slipping through my fingers is the saddest song of all time :'( but I still love it so much. The day before you came is such a Beautiful song and video. Agnetha proves she still has it even in their last album. Under attack was their last single and was also way ahead of its time. It sounds like it could have been made now imo. Even though abba's last album had a more melancholy sound, it was still genius, and very underrated.

Love this album!

I think that this group will always be an important part of music. Such clear vocals and touching songs on this album.

The real ABBA gold

This has to be ABBA's most mature and brilliant albums. Each song is expertly done, no bland dance music.

The Visitors is a dark and thrilling story of home invasion by the government.
Head Over Heels is a spunky tune about a strong personality.
Two for the Price of One is a fun and slightly messed up story of a threesome hookup.
When All is Said and Done is a song based off the divorces of two of the band members, it's a sweet and peaceful end.
I Let the Music Speak is haunting and beautiful at the same time, full of thoughtful ideas of the life of a singer.
One of us is another breakup song of regret and pain
Soldiers is a wise song that talks about fear in a very mature way
Like an Angel Passing Through my Room is a calming and thoughtful moment
The Day Before you Came is a masterpiece of mood and tone
Should I Laugh or Cry is a perfectly composed melody that is so much fun to listen to
And lastly the bands last single, Under Attack which has a timeless sound to it and will be remembered forever.

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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