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ABBA – Little Things (Single) (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

ABBA – Little Things (Single) (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 00:03:08 minutes | 63 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Polar Music International AB

Just in time for the Christmas season, ABBA will release their Christmas single “Little Things” on CD.

The track first appeared on the band’s sensational comeback album “Voyage”, which debuted directly at #1 on the German album charts and broke records worldwide. The album is ABBA’s first release in almost 40 years.

As with all of ABBA’s releases, the new album, including “Little Things”, was written and produced entirely by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. As before, the distinctive and iconic voices of Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad can be heard above the arrangements of the two songwriters. The orchestral passages were contributed by the Stockholm Concert Orchestra.

With the CD release of the Christmas song “Little Things”, fans from all over the world can look forward to another highlight of the legendary pop band.

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ABBA – Voyage (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

ABBA – Voyage (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 00:37:05 minutes | 815 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Polar Music International AB

Forty years after they officially broke up, ABBA are back. Although sometimes it felt like they never really went away, thanks to the Mamma Mia! musical and movie, as well as the band’s prominent placement in films like Muriel’s Wedding and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and in the arsenal of every wedding DJ. Of course, the world can be divided into two camps: ABBA fans and ABBA haters. And fans, Voyage is a wonder. (And haters: What, you hate heaven-sent harmonies?) “Just a Notion” is just glorious —as feel-good as “Waterloo.” Originally recorded in 1978, while the Swedish foursome were making their Voulez-Vous album, it was inexplicably cut despite its joyous handclaps and sax and piano. (It’s not a bad thing to say this would be perfect for a Richard Simmons workout.) “Don’t Shut Me Down” struts to a high-stepping marching beat and funky double bass, as Agnetha Fältskog—sounding pretty freaking incredible for 71—tells an old lover she wants to come home now that she’s gotten her groove back: “Once these rooms were witness to our love/ My tantrums and increasing frustration/ But I go from mad/ To not so bad in my transformation.” It’s weird and wonderful, the kind of thing that could win Eurovision (which, of course, ABBA did in 1974). The irresistible hooks and soaring chorus of “No Doubt About It” should make bands five decades younger jealous. The epic ballad “I Still Have Faith in You,” meanwhile, finds Anni-Frid Lyngstad singing in a surprising, and striking, lower register. The song could be the cousin of “Fernando” and builds to a chorus as majestic as any hair-metal weeper. There’s an original Christmas carol, “Little Things,” and “When You Danced With Me,” a gleeful folk-ish number that wouldn’t have been out of place in a dancing scene from the horror movie Midsommar. With a few instrumentation tweaks, “I Can Be That Woman” could be the kind of Nashville Sound countrypolitan ballad Lynn Anderson would’ve crooned: “You say you’ve had it, and you say ‘Screw you’/ I say ‘I love you’ and I know it’s true” go the lyrics, chronicling a lifetime of regrets and the pledge to be better. Speaking of country—”Keep an Eye on Dan” tackles subject matter rarely found in pop songs. Against slightly sinister strings and a funky bass that recall the “gotcha” scene of any ’70s crime show unspools a story that seems to be about a divorcée reluctant to leave her son with his dad for the weekend: “Keep an eye on Dan … he gets out of hand if you let him … I’ll be back on Sunday to get him.” (The wild synths suggest maybe little Dan is … unhinged?) Yes, it’s highly processed cheese, but it really hits the spot. All 10 songs are composed by band members Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus who, respectively, divorced Lyngstad and Fältskog years ago. But you’d never know that from the harmony, in every sense of the word. – Shelly Ridenour

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ABBA – I Still Have Faith In You, Don’t Shut Me Down (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

ABBA – I Still Have Faith In You, Don’t Shut Me Down (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 09:08 minutes | 202 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Polar Music International AB

Forty years, and it’s as though they never left us. Following much frenzied speculation, Swedish darlings ABBA announced they were indeed returning with brand new music, a full album, and a “revolutionary” concert tour involving some creepily lifelike digital projections. “Gimme Gimme Gimme,” the fans cried, and so the band obliged.

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