Posts Tagged ‘ABBA’

Little Things

4 December, 2021

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

ABBA nominated for GRAMMY!

24 November, 2021

“For I know I hear a bittersweet song”

Exciting news today with the announcement that ABBA’s comeback single ‘I Still Have Faith In You’ has been nominated for the Recording Academy’s GRAMMY for Record of the Year, alongside such strong competition as songs by Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga (from 95-year-old Mr Bennett’s final album), Billie Eilish (ROTY winner for 2020 and 2021), and multi-nominee Lil Nas X. See the full list of nominees here and more about the ROTY nominees here.

Previous ROTY winners include ‘Uptown Funk’ by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, ‘Hello’ by Adele, ‘My Heart Will Go On’ by Celine Dion, ‘I Will Always Love You’ by Whitney Houston, ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ by Bette Midler, ‘Beat It’ by Michael Jackson, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ by Simon and Garfunkel, ‘Strangers In The Night’ by Frank Sinatra, right back to the first ROTY in 1959 ‘Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)’ by Domenico Modugno, which you might remember came third in the 1958 Eurovision Song Contest.

This is ABBA’s first ever GRAMMY nomination. In 2015 ‘Dancing Queen’ was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

The 64th GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast on Monday 31 January 2022.

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)

ABBA Omnibus now on Instagram

8 October, 2021
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The ABBA Omnibus network is growing. Follow the new Instagram page for exclusive new and historical content.

The Instagram account joins the existing website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube accounts, plus various subsites. Find them all at linktr.ee/abbaomnibus.

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)

Interview on Australian TV: new music, Song by Song, and ABBA festival

7 September, 2021

This morning I appeared on Australian TV on Studio 10. I joined Gary Crowley as we discussed the new ABBA songs, plus my book ABBA: Song By Song and the annual Trundle ABBA Festival.

Interview on Australian radio about new ABBA music

4 September, 2021

On Friday morning, just hours after the announcement of the ABBA Voyage album and digital concert, I was interviewed on Perth radio station 6PR talking about the new music and my book ABBA: Song By Song.


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