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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Underrated album

    This album has some of my favorite songs by ABBA. People usually think "Dancing Queen" and "Mamma Mia" when they think of ABBA, but they generally miss out on gems like "One Man One Woman," "Move On" and "Eagle." This album is just a pleasure to listen to...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Album [Bonus Track]

    Favorite tracks: "Thank You For The Music" "The Name Of The Game" "One Man, One Woman" Least favorite: "Hole In Your Soul"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Original Abba Album

    If you could only own one original Abba album (not the countless compilations and greatest hits repackages), this is the album I would recommend. From "Eagle" through "I'm A Marionette", I think this is clearly Abba's most consistent album. Absent are the sophmoric, lyrically silly songs they have a tendency to blight their earlier albums with. The writing is solid, the musical and vocal performances are very good, but the big difference is the production. Rather than the thrown together feel of their first two US releases (Waterloo and Abba) and the inconsistent "Arrival" this sounds like a cohesive work that was thought out in advance. The songs seem to flow from one to the other more naturally, giving the effort a more polished feel. "Eagle" is a lushly arranged and sung song, effectively evoking the freedom of soaring. "Take A Chance On Me" contains a nice, intricate vocal arrangement (I defy anyone to sing the backing chant without taking a breath!). "One Man, One Woman", though a little schmaltzy, is a pleasant song which uses the group's vocal assets effectively. "The Name Of The Game" is probably one of the best songs in their entire catalog with crisp instrumentals and their trademark harmonies. "Move On" is probably my least favorite, with a rather pretentious spoken introductory verse, but once the ladies start singing, the song finds its groove. "Hole In Your Soul" is a fun little rocker with one of their throw-away lyrics, but there's no denying the energy they infuse it with, which makes it a good listen. "The Girl With The Golden Hair" trilogy of songs reveals Anderson and Ulvaeus' penchant for show tune writing that woudl later emerge. "Thank You For The Music" could easily have been pulled from a Broadway musical, as could "I Wonder (Departure), both nice lyric songs that don't offend. "I'm A Marionette" is a whirling, classically influenced closer, evoking haunting images of a performer in over her head, beyond her control. It's an effective, emotional closer to a very solid effort.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Thank You for the Music, ABBA.

    You can find good rock songs "hole in your soul", "i'm a marionette" in this album. Peaceful songs "eagle" is a strange choice for an opening track. The other silent songs are "I Wonder", "Thank You for the Music", "One Man, One Woman", and "Move On". Well, they have well done but there is too much peaceful tracks in this album. But they are very much classics too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Album [Bonus Track]

    EAGLE - Mind-boggling ELO-ish song about wanting to be free. TAKE A CHANCE ON ME - Wonderful bouncy song with an acapella intro. ONE MAN, ONE WOMAN - Abba trying to do C&W...and being successful with a beautiful song. THE NAME OF THE GAME - The name of the game is Romance! MOVE ON - Fair attempt at reggae. HOLE IN YOUR SOUL - An unfortunate dark spot for Abba. THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC - Extremely beautiful song about discovering music and what a passion it is. I WONDER - Orchestral song about leaving your own world behind. I'M A MARIONETTE - Horrifying song about being abused.

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