ABBA – Waterloo (LP) // 1974

Standout Track(s): Waterloo / Dance (While the Music Still Goes On)

Album Scores: 3.70 x (1.1) = 4.07

  1. Production: 3.72
  2. Uniqueness: 3.82
  3. Lyricism: 3.73
  4. Listenability: 3.55

If Ring Ring acts as ABBA’s blueprint, then Waterloo is the group’s first big project. And what a success it turns out to be. Waterloo is a masterpiece of a song, first and foremost. It’s a love song and a history lesson all wrapped up into one, and just goes to show that nobody does “hopelessly falling in love” as good as ABBA. Though th quality of the album drops off a bit in the second half, we’re still treated to cute bops like Honey, Honey, Dance (While the Music Still Goes On), and Hasta Mañana. On a more experimental note, there’s King Kong Song, an ode to… the movie King Kong. It’s a rocker of a song with heavy guitars and some screaming, making it a fun little number that I wouldn’t be mad if Cher recorded for another ABBA cover album. The great thing about ABBA’s discography is that each album builds upon one another – there’s no regression shown, so you know you’re always going to have a good time.

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