ABBA Return With New Album Voyage After 40-Year Hiatus

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  • ABBA made a comeback on Friday
  • The group lastly introduced the reunion and new album in September
  • The 10-track ‘Voyage’ will not be all of the group shall be releasing


Swedish pop sensation ABBA made a comeback on Friday with their new album Voyage, practically 40 years after they cut up up, delighting followers however leaving critics divided. Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny and Anni-Frid – forming the acronym ABBA – haven’t launched any new music since their cut up in 1982, a 12 months after their final album The Visitors. Voyage went reside at midnight Thursday in varied time zones, to the delight of longtime followers worldwide. “We are just in disbelief… that it’s something that we could experience again in our lifetimes,” longtime ABBA fan Jeffrey de Hart, 62, stated at a listening occasion in Stockholm for the Swedish band’s much-anticipated launch.

At the ABBA museum in Stockholm, keen followers had additionally arrived, hoping to expertise a rekindling of the magic of the group. “I grew up with ABBA so for me the music and the group was important, for my growth,” 50-year-old fan Malin, advised AFP as her mom, who had simply turned 80 and had accompanied her to the museum, nodded in settlement.

Critics although have been cut up on the return. US journal Rolling Stone hailed it as “worth the wait,” whereas the UK’s Guardian newspaper dismissed it with a “no thank you for the music,” a play on the title of one of many group’s most well-known songs.

– ‘ABBAtars’ –

After years of hypothesis and a number of other dropped hints, the group lastly introduced the reunion and new album in September, and launched the singles I nonetheless think about you and Don’t shut me down.

The 10-track Voyage will not be all of the group shall be releasing.

They may also unveil digital avatars – dubbed ABBAtars – at a live performance in London in May, resembling their 1979 selves.

The holograms are the product of a years-long challenge, designed in partnership with a particular results firm of Star Wars creator George Lucas.

Repeatedly delayed by technical difficulties, then by the Covid-19 pandemic, they may lastly be unveiled in May.

The group initially dreamed up the concept of avatars, after which the music adopted go well with.

By 2018, ABBA had confirmed rumours of their return to the studio and that not less than two new songs have been being recorded.

But nice pains have been taken to maintain the music a secret.

“First it was just two songs, and then we said: ‘Well maybe we should do a few others’, what do you say girls and they said ‘Yeah’,” Benny Andersson, 74, defined when the album was introduced.

“Then I asked them ‘why don’t we do a full album?’,” he added.

He and Bjorn Ulvaeus, 76, have been selling the album in current weeks, with 71-year-old Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, 75, opting to spare themselves from busy promotion schedules.

All promotion was halted for twenty-four hours this week after two folks died at a tribute live performance north of Stockholm on Tuesday night.

– ‘ABBA sound’ –

In addition to the 2 songs launched in September, a 3rd monitor from the album was printed in October, a modernised model of Just A Notion, initially recorded in 1978 however by no means earlier than launched.

The newly launched songs can’t escape being in comparison with hits like Waterloo, Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia, The Winner Takes It All and Money, Money, Money, however the band members usually are not nervous about disappointing followers.

“We don’t have to prove anything, what does it matter if people think we were better before?” Andersson advised Swedish every day Dagens Nyheter.

For report outlets, the discharge was a welcome boon.

“I’ve been working at the store for 10 years and I’ve never seen anything like this. So, I’m really thrilled to be a part of it,” Samuel Hagglund, supervisor on the report retailer Bengans in Stockholm, advised AFP.

To Swedish fan Peter Palmquist, the brand new album has struck simply the precise word between previous and new.

“It’s true to ABBA’s sound but it’s not nostalgic, staying to where they are but to the people that they grown into today,” he stated.

According to Jean-Marie Potiez, one of many group’s most well-known worldwide consultants, age has given among the singers a brand new edge.

“Agnetha and Anni-Frid’s voices have lost their high notes, which is normal given their age, but they have gained in depth and sensitivity.”

“When they sing together, both of them, like on ‘Don’t Shut Me Down’, it’s the ABBA sound.”

Despite two divorces – Bjorn and Agnetha and Benny and Anni-Frid have been each married for a number of years – the 4 have remained good mates.

But Voyage, the band’s ninth studio album, will certainly be their final, the 2 Bs of the group confirmed in an interview with The Guardian on the finish of October.

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2021-11-06 12:52:07

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