After all these years, Abba still sounds like Abba.
Although their breakup was always rumored all these years, Abba had never officially split up but rather took some time to live their lives before the band shined once again. Forty years later, Björn, Agnetha, Anni-frid, and Benny have returned to the scene with the release of a new album from their iconic band, Abba.
The Swedish band is back
Voyage, the new album released by Abba today, contains ten new songs that make up the most significant comeback in pop music in recent years. The first sung verses of Voyage, from the ballad I Still Have Faith In You, could not be more appropriate to situate the protagonists.
After a time in which the world has gone through many calamities, the sky opens up with the music and healing messages of the Swedish quartet. Despite coming with different ideas to what we saw from Abba in the ’70s, I think the best description that this new album can receive is that it still sounds like Abba. This is incredible because it seems that if you play one of the songs from Voyage on your headphones, it transports you to the 1979 concert here in Chicago of Abba at the Auditorium Theatre.
The ending we all needed
Of course, we can’t deny that Agnetha and Anni-frid’s voices have changed over time. Maybe the tones they were used to in the late ’70s are not the same, but they still transmit comfort and nostalgia. Even though Voyage starts off very much in the ballad genre, from the middle of the album onwards, we return to the upbeat pop style we are used to. Some are reminiscent of hits like Chiquitita, but almost all of them convey that feeling of joining in with other people and singing the chorus in tune.
Although they have made their comeback four decades later, this time their separation will be definitive. It is clear that they felt they had left their fans a bit forgotten. So Voyage is the perfect farewell to a band that was not only part of the 1970s and ’80s but to this day they are the inspiration for many bands and singers.