40 years since they broke up, the paradigm-shifting impact of ABBA remains an inextinguishable part of the pop landscape today, from Paul Verhoeven to Spike Lee to Madonna. Now, the Swedish pop titans are back with their first album since 1981’s The Visitors – and it’s everything that you can expect from the group, and more.
The 10-track album, Voyage, is technically meant as a way to promote the band’s upcoming VR concert, featuring ‘ABBA-tar’ versions of themselves. Nevertheless, the songs are cheesy delights. There’s a Christmas song where children awaken from their dreams to open their presents (feat children’s choir) and euphoric disco banger “Don’t Shut Me Down”, which was originally released as one of two singles back in September. Of course, there’s plenty of domestic psychodrama too, with the addition of “I Can Be That Woman” and “Keep An Eye On Dan”. It’s a terrific and nostalgic record that delivers all the classic ABBA flavours. Thank you for the music!
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