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Little Things

4 December, 2021

“If you sing along it could be a song that my grandma sings”

Little Things for Christmas

22 November, 2021

“Little things like that happy noise”

A fourth single from Voyage, ‘Little Things’, will be released on 3 December, just in time for Christmas. See the List of Voyage releases for availability.

In addition, there is a new range of ‘Little Things’ Christmas themed merch available.

Voyage – a quick review

6 November, 2021

“It will be in prose that chimes with me”

First impressions of the ten tracks in ABBA’s new album Voyage.

1. I Still Have Faith In You

Glorious, majestic, emotional, melancholy, joyous. We heard this one on the Voyage launch in September. It sounds like a culmination of what Benny, Frida, Agnetha, and Björn have been doing since 1982. The lyric is about ABBA reuniting after so many years – do they have it in them? They do!

2. When You Danced With Me

Frida and Agnetha lead us on a Celtic dance. ABBA’s ‘Safety Dance’? Shades of ‘The Piper’. This will be popular at ABBA dance parties from now till the end of time.

3. Little Things

A gentle song from Frida about Christmas morning, parents staying in bed before the children wake up to open their presents. A little hint at ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ between verses. Ends with a verse by a children’s choir. A nice touch. Not the future Christmas number one people have been anticipating.

4. Don’t Shut Me Down

The lyric could be about either the avatars or ABBA themselves reunited. Or both. Another one we first heard in September. Agnetha leads. Hints of ABBA-esque motifs throughout.

5. Just A Notion

The vocals were originally recorded in 1978. We heard a half of this in ‘ABBA Undeleted’ on the Thank You For The Music box set in 1994. The boogie-woogie piano backing is all new (I miss the electric piano in the original though). Björn says this gives an idea of what the Voyage avatar concert will be like, with original ABBA vocals and a live band. This came out in late October as another taster for the album.

6. I Could Be That Woman

The story of a woman suffering addiction trying to reconcile with her man, while the dog tries to calm things between them. An unusual subject choice for ABBA. A slow, almost soft-country ballad. Agnetha sings “screw you”.

7. Keep An Eye On Dan

A burst of 80s synth-pop-rock. Another song to join the ranks of ABBA’s divorce classics, sung by Agnetha. A woman drops off her son with her ex-husband for the weekend, and warns the father to keep an eye on their troublesome son Dan. Björn and Benny pop in with a backing line towards the end, reminiscent of ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’. Ends with an “easter egg” you’re sure to spot.

8. Bumblebee

A gentle ballad from Frida about the state of the world and the affects of climate change. What happens if the bees disappear? Thoughtful. The song opens with ‘Fernando’-like flutes. Not a revamped version of the demo ‘Free As A Bumblebee’.

9. No Doubt About It

A rocky one from Frida, from the point of view of a woman who has “messed up” her relationship. An early stand-out track. Ends with the line “this isn’t where it ends”. No it’s not, there’s one more song to go.

10. Ode To Freedom

An ode not to freedom itself but about creating a song that can be an ode to freedom (like ‘King Kong Song’ and ‘I Let The Music Speak’ it’s a song about itself). Frida sings in low register and Agnetha sings an octave above. There’s a very strong classical influence. A beautiful, mournful, majestic ending to the album (and to ABBA). It will make you cry.

Overall verdict: there’s not a bad song on the album. Early favourites are ‘I Still Have Faith In You’, ‘When You Danced With Me’, ‘Keep An Eye On Dan’, ‘No Doubt About It’, and ‘Ode To Freedom’.

Listen to Voyage now Amazon Music Apple Music iTunes Spotify YouTube YouTube

Go to ABBA Omnibus for a detailed feature on all things Voyage. Click on the four eclipses icon.

Just a notion, that’s all

22 October, 2021

“We’ll be dancing through the night”

Just A Notion – new single

19 October, 2021

‘Just A Notion’ from ABBA’s new album Voyage will be released on CD single and digital services on Friday 22 October. Fans will recognise the song, which was recorded in August 1978 but not released. A 1.38 excerpt was released in the ‘ABBA Undeleted’ medley of outtakes on the Thank You For The Music box set in 1994.

Preorder or presave here. Listen to a 30 second sample on TikTok. Find all the Voyage releases here.

(It still feels weird talking about new ABBA singles and album in 2021)

In search of ABBA Voyage

9 September, 2021

Are you having trouble keeping track of the ABBA Voyage releases on various formats and configurations? We’ve put together a list of them all including sources for limited editions.

http://www.abbaomnibus.net/news/abbavoyagelist.htm (updated 04 December)

ABBA Voyage – a new ABBA album in 2021!

3 September, 2021

“New spirit has arrived”

ABBA Voyage released 5 November 2021

  1. I Still Have Faith In You
  2. When You Danced With Me
  3. Little Things
  4. Don’t Shut Me Down
  5. Just A Notion
  6. I Can Be That Woman
  7. Keep An Eye On Dan
  8. Bumblebee
  9. No Doubt About It
  10. Ode To Freedom

Pre-order now from ABBA Voyage, ABBA Voyage Official Merch Store, ABBA Fan Club Shop, ABBA The Museum on CD, LP, MC, and digital wherever good music is sold.

Singles I Still Have Faith In You and Don’t Shut Me Down available now on all digital platforms, CD and 7 inch single.

Follow ABBA Voyage on FacebookInstagramTwitterYouTube, and TikTok #ABBAVoyage

And here they are: two new ABBA songs

3 September, 2021

“Do I have it in me”

ABBA: Song by Song

22 February, 2020

On 6 March 2020 my first book ABBA: Song by Song is published.

Writing a book about ABBA has been a long-time dream of mine. I’ve had a few ideas over the years, including writing a book about all of ABBA’s songs. Not just the 98 songs released on record between 1972 and 1982, but those they performed in concert, on TV, and radio that were never released, and those few that they tried to hide but were released years after ABBA ended.

I was approached by a British publisher, seeking someone to write such a book about ABBA for their expanding Song by Song series. After submitting a couple of test entries, they accepted me to write the book for them. Though it contains no direct input from ABBA themselves, it does contain a wealth of facts and quotes gathered over the past 44 years.

I’ve even been able to include details of the new songs announced by ABBA in 2018, to be included in the new digital ABBA-tar experience. At the time of writing, the songs have yet to be heard by the world.

ABBA: Song by Song is published by Fonthill Media. It is available in both paperback and ebook. See here for more about the book, plus links to order.

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Agnetha Fältskog – The Girl With The Golden Hair

22 May, 2016

978-1-78155-521-7The life and career of Agnetha are celebrated in Daniel Ward’s new biography Agnetha Fältskog – The Girl With The Golden Hair.

Though unauthorised and thus with no direct input from Agnetha or those close to her, the book is extremely well researched. All phases of Agnetha’s life are covered, from her early childhood when she first fell in love with music, her infamous first public performance aged five, singing on the dance band circuit, her solo recording career, through the ABBA years, and on after ABBA, to her 2013 album A and beyond.

The Girl With The Golden Hair is well written and an enjoyable read. It’s very respectful and not sensationalist in any way. The unfortunate episodes of Agnetha’s later life are not avoided, as they shouldn’t be, but they are covered delicately and with respect.

There is also a photo section, with many familiar but some lesser-seen photos of Agnetha through her life – a few that I don’t recall seeing before.

I was honoured to be asked to read a draft version of the book. I’m happy to see that I was able to make a contribution to the finished product.

Daniel has also written ABBA – The Quiz Book, as well as crime fiction and articles for medical publications.

If you are a fan of Agnetha, I’m sure you will enjoy this book. More information can be found at the publisher’s website.

 

 

 


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