The Buzz About … ABBA
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YEARS, THE ICONIC SWEDISH QUARTET ARE RELEASING NEW MUSIC
The past 18 months haven’t been the most fun but – in a completely surprising plot twist – Swedish band ABBA are back with the content we need to ensure that 2021 isn’t a complete write-o . The band, consisting of Benny Andersson, Agnetha Fältskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Björn Ulvaeus, have just released two new songs, ‘I Still Have Faith In You’ and ‘Don’t Shut Me Down’, ahead of their forthcoming album Voyage, which is set for release on November 5.
“We took a break in the spring of 1982 and now we’ve decided it’s time to end it,” the band said in a statement. “They say it’s foolhardy to wait more than 40 years between albums, so we’ve decided to record a follow-up to [1981’s] The Visitors.”
The pop group, who released classics like ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Mamma Mia’ and ‘Waterloo’, were also known for their complicated interpersonal relationships. Fältskog, 71, and Ulvaeus, 76, were married as were Lyngstad, 75, and Andersson, 74, but both marriages collapsed at the height of the band’s fame.
Those dramas resulted in heartbreaking tracks like ‘The Winner Takes It All’.
In addition to the new music, the group are also set to play live once more – in a very futuristic way. They’ve been working on their “ABBATARs” with George Lucas’ special e ects company to create a holographic show that will run at a purpose-built ABBA Arena in London next year. The band call it the “strangest and most spectacular concert you could ever dream of”. The shows are set to be 2022’s hottest ticket.
(New songs out now)