The band has always claimed that they never officially broke up. They just decided to take a break after the release of The Visitors in 1981. During that long hiatus, the band’s music continued to enchant new generations beginning with the release of an EP titled ABBA-esque by the synth-pop duo, Erasure in 1992.
Things moved up a notch with the Australian film Muriel’s Wedding in 1994. That film not only featured a soundtrack loaded with the group’s tunes; the plotline heavily involved the title character’s commitment to ABBA & their music. Then in 1999, another Swedish group, A-Teens released The ABBA Generation an album of extremely faithful covers of the quartet’s music.
But the revival really kicked into high gear when the stage show Mamma Mia opened in London’s West End and then, on Broadway. Countless road shows and, of course, the blockbuster film version kept the world ABBA-conscious.
So, Benny, Bjorn, Frida and Agnetha entered the recording studio a few years back with the intention of recording maybe one or two new songs for the proposed virtual concert. COVID delayed the concert and the group was really enjoying working together again. So, they went beyond their original plan and recorded an entire new album’s worth of tunes.
Here’s a track listing of the upcoming album:
1. I Still Have Faith in You
2. When You Danced with Me
3. Little Things
4. Don't Shut Me Down
5. Just a Notion
6. I Can Be That Woman
7. Keep an Eye on Dan
8. Bumble Bee
9. No Doubt About It
10. Ode to Freedom
Real hardcore ABBA will notice that one of the tunes, “Just a Notion,” is an older outtake that never made it onto an official ABBA album, but has appeared on some of the bootlegs that have surfaced over the years. Whether this will be the original track recorded decades ago or a new re-recording has yet to be determined.
Nevertheless, ABBA kicked off this frenzy by releasing two of the upcoming albums tracks “I Still Have Faith in You” and “Don’t Shut Me Down.” You can hear both of them right here at Boomtown America.
Now, if you’ll excuse us, we have to see if we can find our old platform shoes and disco mirror ball…