Nearly 40 years since they last made music together, the members of ABBA are back. The Swedish pop group has announced an upcoming “hologram” concert in London and its first studio album in four decades.
“We took a break in the spring of 1982, and now we’ve decided it’s time to end it,” the band announced in a news release. “They say it’s foolhardy to wait more than 40 years between albums, so we’ve recorded a follow-up to The Visitors.”
ABBA is the acronym from the first name of singers Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid “Frida” Lyngstad and instrumentalists-songwriters Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. They began in 1970 as a cabaret act. Four years later, they won the Eurovision competition with “Waterloo.” They became stars with songs like “Dancing Queen” and “Fernando.” Another hit, “Mamma Mia,” inspired a Broadway musical and a movie (and its sequel) starring Meryl Streep (and Cher).
ABBA’s last album, The Visitors, released in 1981, featured a more sophisticated sound than the group’s previous light pop music. By then, one of the band’s two married couples had divorced, and the other was about to.
The members are now all in their 70s and have released numerous solo projects. For several years now, ABBA has been teasing about a reunion.
Its new album, Voyage, will be released on Nov. 5. It includes singles “I Still Have Faith in You” and “Don’t Shut Me Down,” recorded at Andersson’s Riksmixningsverket studio in Stockholm.
(Sources : npr.org)