“ABBA” by ABBA - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1975Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s

TJR says

The European Cup winners of 1974 continued their good form into ’75 with their classic 1-2-2 formation – with Stig at the back, their technically gifted midfield duo of Björn and Benny and a cracking pair of strikers in Agnetha and Frida, they were pretty hard to beat as pop acts go. They’re on the front-foot from the off with “Mamma Mia” – that’s Juventus taken care off. Always vulnerable on the counter though, the cod-reggae of “Tropical Loveland” sees them take a battering from a touring Jamaican XI. It’s not long before they’re back in front though – “SOS”, a classical-pop stunner, delivers a knock-out blow to Rapid Vienna; a commemorative single to recognise the victory gives them another worldwide smash, following last years’ infamous triumph over Anderlecht at “Waterloo”. “Man In The Middle”, which is obviously a covert tribute to referees, is way too sickly and registers as a loss at Grasshoppers Zurich. The schlager-tastic pop-bells of “I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do” puts an end to the strong challenge this year from Borussia Mönchengladbach. The pseudo-Slade pomp-stomp of “Rock Me” signals a surprise loss away to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Unbelievably, they return to the scene of last years’ trophy success, and, once again, Anderlecht are blown-away on “So Long”. All in all, this is a hard-earned cinq points – not too shabby in my world for a pop quartet. Well played Sweden.

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A1 [03:32] 6.5.png ABBA - Mamma Mia (Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Stig Anderson) Pop
A2 [03:16] 3.7.png ABBA - Hey, Hey Helen (Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus) Pop
A3 [03:05] 3.0.png ABBA - Tropical Loveland (Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Stig Anderson) Reggae
A4 [03:22] 7.7.png ABBA - SOS (Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Stig Anderson) Pop
A5 [03:00] 3.1.png ABBA - Man In The Middle (Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus) Pop
A6 [02:50] 5.2.png ABBA - Bang-A-Boomerang (Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Stig Anderson) Pop
B1 [03:15] 8.3.png ABBA - I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do (Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Stig Anderson) Pop
B2 [03:03] 4.9.png ABBA - Rock Me (Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus) Pop
B3 [03:48] 4.0.png ABBA - Intermezzo No. 1 (Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus) Pop
B4 [03:39] 3.9.png ABBA - I’ve Been Waiting For You (Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Stig Anderson) Pop Ballad
B5 [03:06] 7.6.png ABBA - So Long (Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus) Pop

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