Visitors [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Because it turned out to be the group's final full-length recording and was a relative commercial disappointment, ABBA's eighth album, The Visitors, tends to be viewed as an artistic failure as well. It would be more accurate to see it as a record that demonstrates the reasons for the group's breakup, in the sense that it reflects both the bandmembers' emotional disaffection and the increased musical ambitions of songwriters Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, ambitions that would see them moving on to writing stage musicals. The elegiac, regretful, and occasionally paranoiac tones of the music are inescapable. The title song, though it has since been revealed to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Because it turned out to be the group's final full-length recording and was a relative commercial disappointment, ABBA's eighth album, The Visitors, tends to be viewed as an artistic failure as well. It would be more accurate to see it as a record that demonstrates the reasons for the group's breakup, in the sense that it reflects both the bandmembers' emotional disaffection and the increased musical ambitions of songwriters Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, ambitions that would see them moving on to writing stage musicals. The elegiac, regretful, and occasionally paranoiac tones of the music are inescapable. The title song, though it has since been revealed to concern vaguely Soviet dissidents, is a study in Kafkaesque mental breakdown, even as its music recalls later-period Beatles. "When All Is Said and Done" a pointed title and "One of Us" are both plaintive songs of romantic discord. Other songs employ subject matter new to ABBA, from a parent's wistful reflection on a child's growing up, "Slipping Through My Fingers," to the comic novelty "Two for the Price of One." The 2001 reissue, which tacks on four singles tracks that drew the curtain on the band's career in 1982, measurably improves the album. Of particular note is "The Day Before You Came," a striking story-song in which a woman reviews the mundane state of her life prior to the onset of one presumes a life-changing romance. It shows that Andersson had been listening closely to the British synth pop movement, particularly Yaz, and that Ulvaeus had an affection for the Beatles' "She's Leaving Home." It may have been more cinematic than theatrical, but it pointed a direction for the songwriters that took them well beyond ABBA. In some ways, the group's final recordings were their most interesting, even if they were not the most popular.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/16/2001
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • UPC: 731454996525
  • Catalog Number: 549965
  • Sales rank: 12,915

Album Credits

Performance Credits
ABBA Primary Artist
Janne Schaffer Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Frida Vocals
Benny Andersson Synthesizer, Keyboards, Vocals
Ola Brunkert Drums
Agnetha Fältskog Vocals
Rutger Gunnarsson Bass
Janne Kling Clarinet, Flute
Per Lindvall Drums
Ake Sundqvist Percussion
Three Boys Mandolin
Björn Ulvaeus Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Lasse Wellander Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Lars-Erik Larsson Cover Photo
Dennis Brown Composer
Jon Astley Remastering
Benny Andersson Composer, Producer, Product Development
Agnetha Fältskog Composer
Michael B. Tretow Engineer, Remastering
Björn Ulvaeus Composer, Producer
Rune Soderqvist Art Direction
Anni-Frid Lyngstad Composer
Carl Magnus Palm Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant like an amazingly intricate tapestry of sound

    I had forgotten about this CD that I played extensively when it came out in '81. I caught a podcast of a DJ in Dallas that started out with The Visitors and I nearly flew to my computer to order the CD. The Visitors track is still a good dance sound and Head Over Heels is like a complex broadway number. When All is Said and Done has a subtle power to the sound, and One of Us is reminiscent of the teenage drama in romance I had when this first came out. Finally I want to add that "I Let the Music Speak" vividly describes how it is for those of us who don't simply listen to music. This is the song for those of us who literally "Feel" the music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE VISITORS

    My favorite songs were: Head Over Heels, The Visitors, When All is Said and Done, and Two For The Price of One. My least favorite was Soldiers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Visitors

    Favorite tracks: "The Visitors" "Head Over Heels" "When All Is Said And Done" Least favorite: "Like An Angel Passing Through My Room"

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    Posted February 2, 2011

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