ABBA – Arrival (LP) // 1976

Standout Track(s): Dancing Queen / Fernando

Album Scores: 4.65 x (1.1) = 5.12

  1. Production: 4.75
  2. Uniqueness: 4.67
  3. Lyricism: 4.82
  4. Listenability: 4.42

This album is almost completely filled with great songs, if its score is any indication. It also features a slew of songs taken and covered in the Mamma Mia movies, which you should go and watch (hopefully again) right now. But let’s get this out of the way right now: this is the album that has Dancing Queen on it. So you already know it’s going to be good. Oft-forgotten songs like Tiger and Dum Dum Diddle (seriously, who named these things?) are here as well, serving up some bop-a-long tunes. Then there’s Why Did It Have to Be Me? and its sister song Happy Hawaii, which is the same exact song except for the sound of crashing waves and lyrics about going to Honolulu. It’s a weird one, but I like it! My Love, My Life is a song that will make your mom cry; and I dare you to listen to Money, Money, Money without imaging what would have been an inevitable Glee cover mashup with Money, Money from Cabaret. You can hear it too, right? You’ve also got the wildly inappropriate When I Kissed the Teacher, which, you know, everyone’s got someone in mind when it comes to that song. Which leaves us with Dancing Queen, a song that should have been playing the night Kylie Minogue was conceived. In the realm of “perfect songs”, Dancing Queen has to be near the top. The album’s title, Arrival, works quite well here, the album being the full-fledged arrival of ABBA’s global superstardom.

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