ABBA – ABBA (LP) // 1975

Standout Track(s): Mamma Mia / Rock Me

Album Scores: 3.87 x (1.1) = 4.26

  1. Production: 3.92
  2. Uniqueness: 3.92
  3. Lyricism: 4.00
  4. Listenability: 3.62

ABBA’s self-titled album (not to be confused with ABBA: The Album) is filled with bops. From Mamma Mia to I’ve Been Waiting for You and the wedding song to end all wedding songs, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, this album has a handful of massive hits. It’s also home to some of ABBA’s weirder songs, like Man in the Middle, which is about… a pimp (?), and an odd medley of American Folk songs. Maybe that’s how they thought they should crack the US market? Then you’ve got classics like S.O.S. and Bang-A-Boomerang, which — what, you don’t consider a song called Bang-A-Boomerang to be a classic? Okay, but you’re the weird one. ABBA also features an instrumental track in the form of Intermezzo, No. 1, a bombastic interlude that flows well after the booming Rock Me. ABBA’s storytelling prowess can be found in Hey, Hey Helen, a story of a woman (Helen, duh) divorcing her husband to find a new life. Consider it the epilogue to Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” if you will.

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