ABBA – Super Trouper (LP) // 1980

Standout Track(s): Super Trouper / The Winner Takes It All

Album Scores: 4.48 x (1.1) = 4.93

  1. Production: 4.58
  2. Uniqueness: 4.50
  3. Lyricism: 4.42
  4. Listenability: 4.42

This album is masterful, and a bit sad once you know about how the album was written during the tumultuous end of Björn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Fältskog’s marriage. This tinge of sadness is found throughout Super Trouper, from the road-weariness of Super Trouper, to the desperate pleas of gentleness in Andante, Andante, to the massive sad-girl bop The Winner Takes It All. Not all is depressing though! We’ve still got Lay All Your Love on Me to keep things light and sexy, and Our Last Summer is an exercise in blissful remembrance. The live recording of The Way Old Friends Do makes for an exceptionally bittersweet end – it’s a hopeful note to end on, until you realize that the group only has one more album in them before they disband. Regardless, Super Trouper proves that ABBA remained going strong until the end, despite the woes of their personal lives, and that’s something to be respected.

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