When the vocal begins on the opening track, "The One Who Loves You Now," you're instantly transported back to the 1970's, when the same voice would permeate the radio airwaves with such hits as "Waterloo," "Fernando," and (the still tremendously popular) "Mamma Mia." The hits of the Swedish super-group ABBA still inundate the Broadway stage at the Winter Garden Theater, but we now have brand new material from the blonde, silky-voiced Agnetha Fältskog, with her new release, simply titled "A."
With her first album of original material in 25 years, Fältskog delivers the same youthful sound that brought her and her bandmates to superstardom almost four decades ago. The singer was approached by award-winning producers Jorgen Elofsson (who is responsible for hits by Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson and Celine Dion, among many others) and Peter Nordahl about creating a new set of music, and together they've created a genuine, sincere ten-song release that features Fältskog in various styles, and yet she never falters to deliver an engaging performance. From her mid-pop duet with Gary Barlow (the British pop singer who also serves as head judge on the U.K.'s "The X Factor") on "I Should've Followed You Home," to "Dance Your Pain Away," which could easily have been an ABBA hit circa 1978 (think "Super Trouper"), Fältskog seamlessly weaves her way through each tune. The album concludes with the yearning ballad, "I Keep Them On The Floor Beside My Bed," the first tune the songstress has co-written in many years.
Many years may have passed since ABBA's heyday, but Fältskog's voice (though the singer is now a grandmother!) remains as timeless as ever.
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Universal Music Group