What are your thoughts regarding ABBA cover versions ? For me, the songs immediately lose their shine and sparkle performed by other artists. The originals are always the best. Although, I checked out Hazell Dean's album of ABBA covers online and it wasn't bad at all. Miles better than Cher's. Erasure's mini EP wasn't bad either. They actually inspired and created the whole ABBA revival. However, it is very cringeworthy when contestants perform ABBA songs on these talent shows which I never watch as these shows are as exciting as watching paint dry ! Personally, it is a travesty of ABBA's timeless music when these so called artists " interpret " them. Also, I am not a fan of tribute acts as there are far too many. Nobody can emulate ABBA as a band, however hard they try. I wish You Tube would stop these endless ABBA playlists as so many are not ABBA recordings at all but inferior covers.
I would not dismiss all ABBA covers as bad. There are some that are really good - Sissel's Like An Angel Passing Through My Room for example (which is as good as the original at the least), Helen Sjöholm's Money, Money, Money or Laleh's Chiquitita. I also like some of the metal covers such as At Vance's take on The Winner Takes It All (and there are many more in this genre - the metal groups seem to appreciate ABBA's music quite a lot - check out Yngwie Malmsteen, Halloween or Edguy).
I'll give them a listen with an open mind but there aren't many I like and none that I prefer to the originals. I'm not averse to them although a really bad one can incite my wrath.
The kind of cover I like tends to be an acoustic version that's been given a very bare treatment. I don't see the point in trying to copy the original. I'm sure one day I'll discover a cover of an ABBA song that I like more (I know, sacrilege!) but it hasn't happened yet.
I noticed recently just HOW many of ABBA's songs have been covered! Sinead O'Connor has even covered Chiquitita. I like her work but for me this fell short
I like listening to instrumental music as much as I do to vocal music, so I'd love to to hear interpretations of ABBA from, say, a jazz piano trio or a classical chamber music group. This kind of thing would help foster a greater awareness of, and appreciation for, the quality of the tunes especially, I think; and help, in a small way, in future-proofing them if it became a recurring occurrence, free of the novelty aspect.
However, I don't go much on some of the orchestral arrangements of ABBA songs I've heard: overblown, and with pop percussion, they sound a bit naff to me.
Here is a recent You Tube Video, (Friday 15th November), of a 2,100 Member Choir singing 'Dancing Queen', in the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, (Capital of Canada). I think that it is fun, charming and heartwarming. It is by Choir! Choir! Choir!, who are currently on an EPIC ABBA Singalong Tour of Canada. Basically, the Audience becomes the Choir: