This time yes, the separation of ABBA will be final. About to release their first album after almost four decades of silence (Voyage, announced for November 5), and with three songs from it already published (the new I Still Have Faith in You and Don’t Shut Me Down, and the one composed in 1979 Just a Notion, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, the legendary members of the famous Swedish group, will not record together anything else.
That is, at least, what Andersson (74 years old) has confirmed for The Guardian, in an extensive report on the meeting of the quartet published this Wednesday by the British newspaper: “This is it,” he says. “It has to be. I never really got to say ‘this is it’ in 1982 [the year the group broke up for the first time]. I never got around to telling myself that ABBA was never coming back. But now I can. say it: this is it, “he adds.
“Yes …”, confirms Ulvaeus, in the same interview.
In just over a decade in business from 1971 to 1982, ABBA composed more than 100 songs that have become timeless hits, from Waterloo, with which they won the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest, to Mamma Mia, which gives its name. to the famous musical inspired by their discography, including Dancing Queen, Knowing Me Knowing You, Take a Chance on Me, Super Trouper, The Winner Takes It All, Money Money Money, SOS, Chiquitita, Fernando, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight), Thank You for the Music …
Their comeback 39 years after The Visitors, their eighth and so far last studio album was released. generated, as was foreseeable, huge expectations, even though Anderson himself has confessed that he does not quite understand the reason for their enormous success and that he does not know if the new album, with 10 new songs, will shine as the classics did. He did say, yes, that he feels “very proud” of the new compositions.
A long-awaited return, in any case, could not remain in a simple studio album, so the Swedes also proposed a high-tech holographic show, with Lyngstad, Fältskog, Ulvaeus, and Andersson clad in a suit and a helmet (the outfits nicknamed “Abbatars”) that allowed all their movements to be monitored, with the aim of creating an innovative concert of 22 “greatest hits” and lasting an hour and a half.
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By: Amber V. – Gossip Whispers