Some while ago I suffered from an ABBA overdose because it was played all the time in the local shopping mall. I then even found that it sounded dated, as in 'not up with the modern times'. It was just a bit hearing the same songs too often then though, I then had a bit of a break from it and heard their work again recently, and then I realised that I stand corrected: this sounds as fresh as it's always been and will never sound outdated.
Their music just has something very very catchy, and despite the 'pop' label and easy-listening lyrics, the songs even had something extremely original for their era. Benny and Bjorn can easily be named amongst the greatest songwriters ever in pop music history.
My favourite ABBA tunes: Take A Chance On Me, Fernando, Lay All Your Love On Me, SOS, Our Last Summer, Voulez-Vous, Money Money Money, ... and most of all, their best song in my opinion is Eagle (the proof that they even had the capability of writing more in-depth lyrics as well)
Lyrically most of their work is easy-listening, but still very recognisable. The themes in their songs may be as old as mankind and may have been tackled in songs many times before, Benny and Bjorn did have the touch for using the right words for it.
By the way, did anyone hear Erasure's mini-EP containing ABBA covers? "ABBA-esque" it was called. The video for Take A Chance On Me features the gentlemen dressed up as Frieda and Agnetha, using clothing the ABBA ladies wore themselves before!
Very catchy song...
Oh we can go dancing, we can go walking, as long as we're together
Listen to the music, maybe just talking, get to know you better
If you change your mind, I'm the first in line
Honey I'm still free, take a chance on me
If you're all alone, when the pretty birds have flown
Honey I'm still free, take a chance on me...
Keep it flaming your desire, always rising higher - Aim for stars and hit the sky
(Echo & The Bunnymen - Evergreen, 1996)
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