What do you all think of "Comfort Me," the closing song on Shine? This was a standout when I first heard the album, and it's become one of my favorite Frida solo songs. The production is dark and eerie (it always reminded me a little of "Like an Angel...," although the lyrics are more similar to "Should I Laugh or Cry" and maybe "You Know What I Mean"). I just learned it was a cover, originally by The Hitmen in 1981.
I haven't listened to it in a very long time but I love how different it is. Spooky! Haunting. But in a good way. In fact, I'm overdue a Frida appreciation day. The thing is, I've never been as keen on Shine (the album) as I am Something's Going On but I think maybe it's underrated.
I didn't knew it was a cover. I have to check that in a minute. It's one of my favorite Frida-tracks ever. Imho, it's a pity that Frida stopped her solo-career that early. While I will always "prefer" Agnetha's voice I have to admit that Frida's solo efforts where much more interesting than Agnetha's and I think Frida had the potential to become the European Annie Lennox if only she had done a few more records and worked with a few more experimental producers. She developed a very interesting way to use her voice during the last ABBA days.
I totally agree that Frida was braver, artistically speaking. I didn't realise that "Comfort Me" was a cover - I see its writer, Pete Glenister, second on the right in that photo. I wonder how he felt about not playing on the song (he's a guitarist) that he had written?
"Comfort Me" always reminds me of some of the beautifully dark "chanson" style songs that Pete wrote with Alison Moyet in later years. In fact, I can imagine it sitting nicely on any of her albums from "Hoodoo" onwards.
Great song. Even if the arrangements on the two versions aren't miles apart, Frida's vocal is far less mannered and much more soulful than the original. Love it. It was a great way to end the narrative of that album. In may ways, I think that "Shine" encapsulates "Fridaness" far more effectively than SGO.