This the I think one of the best Albums ever. Where do you start. Dancing Queen, Money Money, Money, Knowing Me Knowing You, The acoustic guitar work on When I Missed The Teacher. Over all a brilliant Album
Superb pop. It feels like the ultimate pop album. There is just a kind of magic around this album that you don't get with many others. "Knowing Me, Knowing You" is my favourite song here and one of my all-time favourite Frida lead-vocals. That gorgeous smokey huskiness in her voice is aural velvet.
"When I Kissed The Teacher" is one of those irresistable slices of feelgood pop. It totally drew me in. I don't often play the title track but it was a good way to wrap up this album.
I really enjoy this album from the first song to the last song and yes even 'Dum, Dum, Diddle'!! This album is full of energy! :O) And of course who doesn't really enjoy the cover photo as well! I wish there were more photos from this photo shoot.
Last Edit: Oct 28, 2014 17:04:38 GMT by dizzymoe33
I too love the energy and pop feel of this album. It also contains "That's Me", a track that is saturated in that lush Abba sounds and one of my favorites overall from them. At this point there was no more dabbling with various sounds. They clearly knew who they were as a group and how to make hits for themselves. I guess the album title sums it up.
Probably the most perfect pop album ever - from start to finish. After hearing this, I needed no convincing that ABBA were the real deal - international superstars and classic song-writers. My thoughts as follows:
1. When I Kissed The Teacher: Superb opener. The mandolin, catchy tune, great vocals. 'One of these days...' Agnetha in fine form. Could have been a single in its own right. Even the ending: 'I wanna hug, hug, hug' - perfect track.
2. Dancing Queen: Where to start? The iconic ABBA song. Layers of lush harmonies, sparking piano, brilliant. Up there with the all-time great pop songs. Their masterpiece.
3. My Love, My Life: Showcases Agnetha's vocals really well. One of my all time favourites. Love the bells. Benny once said they struggled with this track and how it turned out, but I have to disagree. A belter.
4. Dum Dum Diddle. Ok - we all know the title is ridiculous and the lyrics are a bit naff. But the tune - stunning. Still sounds classy all these years later. 'But it's bad...' Followed by that instrument that I cannot name, but I love it. A great, great pop song.
5. Knowing Me, Knowing You What an 'intelligent', well-crafted song. From start to finish, fantastic. Frida is the perfect choice for lead vocal. Love Agnetha's whispered 'good days, bad days'. A1 track.
6. Money, Money, Money This song was made for Frida. Timeless chorus and great piano, evoking memories if cabaret and Moulin Rouge. Has aged well, great pop classic.
7. That's Me. Could have been a single. Brilliant use of layering and harmonies. Another gem.
8. Why Did It Have To Be Me? A rocking track, not one of my favourites at the time of release but having seen the live version in the Movie and live on stage in Dublin reaffirmed the fact that it is a thumping track, full of energy and oomph. Frida does an amazing live performance.
9. Tiger: Why do I never tire of this song? Brilliant. From the opening guitar riffs to the strong drumming and the magical 'yellow eyes' section. Vocally superb. Another missed single release. Great video too. 10/10.
10. Arrival Wasn't expecting this. An instrumental. Reminds me of Scotland whenever it hear it. Like the way the girls voices gently blend into the track. Good close to a great album.
I have always said Arrival is 33 minutes of perfect pop. In my opinion the best pop album EVER released. A band at the peak of their greatness. I still play this album on a regular basis and can pick me up if I'm feeling down. 10/10.
Vinyl inner sleeve with lyrics. A 'DQ with lyrics' upload on YouTube is constantly being criticized for displaying 'dig in' rather than 'diggin'/'digging', to the extent that the uploader has apologised for the 'error'. But of course, it's not his/her mistake
I remember a post about the lyrics to Dancing Queen ("dig in the dancing queen" vs. "diggin' the dancing queen"), but I've been unable to find that post, even by using the "Search" function. It's not in this thread or the ABBA lyrics thread. What the heck happened to that post?
This is my favourite Album of ABBA's, I remember when we had a skip someone threw some records out and this was in amongst them of course I kept it, I wasn't going let it get thrown out its in good condition too.
Last Edit: Feb 5, 2017 23:18:09 GMT by angela: wanted to reword my comment.