What a response!! It seems that even the most committed contrarians have been gobsmacked!
At this point, anyone who thinks that ABBA still owe us something should probably have a little lie down and a stern word with themselves. ABBA have marked a half-century in an astonishing way: great new album, a groundbreaking concert experience, and they even appeared as a foursome with the megawatt star power of their heyday selves. If they never deliver another note of new music, who could honestly be still dissatisfied?
I don't have a concert ticket yet. But now yet is very much the operative word. I can't wait to experience the show.
So many things I wanna know - oh yes I wanna know!
What nostalgic historical clips were shown during Eagle and Voulez-Vous? What did the avatars say when they chit-chatted? What does that enigmatic, animated figure that looks like a frame from a short film, the one on the mug being merchandised, represent from the show? Was there really an animation at one point? During "Eagle" perhaps? Looks wonderful and intriguing, and very creative!
Well, even if I was dying for a drink, even if I were Sue Ellen Ewing, I know there's no f-ing way I'd leave to go to the bar to get a drink. I'd never want to take my eyes off the show for even a second. And then I'd probably want to go a few times more to make sure I hadn't missed a single thing.
Now that this is proving a big critical success (and probably commercial success) the Voyage branding of the concert will really help its parent album. Had it been a flop, they might have needed to rebrand it as a greatest hits things or even something like 'Mamma Mia best-of live' and played down the Voyage connection but that probably won't be needed now. Good times!
(Sorry : In France, medias still saying "Disco group"... same old mockery and snobbery...)
"Sequins, hit after hit and High Tech... In London, ABBA Voyage is a smash !
After 40 years of absence, the kings and queens of the disco are back on stage. The avatars of the Swedish cult group have just launched their tour in the British capital. A bluffing digital show, a successful technical bet."
I agree, undertheappletree, I won't bother reading it. It's not that I don't like negativity about ABBA, anyone disliking them or their songs, everyone can have their own opinion, but I'm not sure even non-ABBA fans can say they have "the weakest catalogue of any major act" - very odd!
It's not exactly the the most favourable review of Abba's back catalogue or indeed the Voyage album but at least he does concede that they have 20 great songs - none of which are on Voyage.
However he gives the Voyage show a fantastic review so it's not all bad. Presumably he heard about 15 of his so called classic songs. His loss if he doesn't appreciate HIYS, the Visitors, DYMK, WAISAD and Eagle.
Thanks for posting it.
By the way when I got a feedback email from the Voyage concert I said it was fab, but felt the amime did not work for Eagle and VV. I also said they should sell CDs and vinyl at the arena. It will be interesting to see if others do likewise and if things are changed about.
^^^ Alas you have to agree, the vast majority of “ buyers” today only know ABBA through the likes of Mamma Mia film/ show, even the Voyage Show is mainly Gold, very few non singles have made the public consciousness , I can only think of a handful.. So many tracks are never going to be heard, especially pre Arrival.. imagine how the public would recieve Sitting In A Palm Tree for instance. We just have to accept that Gold is going to be , dare I say the Gold standard that the majority will ever know...
I'd say many casual ABBA fans think like that guy. Think ABBA have 20 great songs, not interested in the Voyage album or wider back catalogue.
There's many artists I have compilations from and really only interested in the hits and have no interest in their studio albums.
I think there's a lot of truth in that.
Yet it can also work the other way, of course: the more someone gets into an artist's work, some album tracks come to be appreciated and enjoyed just as much, and sometimes more, than some of the singles. I guess the number of casual ABBA fans who want to go beyond Gold is comparatively few.
But I'm the same regarding The Carpenters, for example: although I love Karen's voice, the Carpenter's Gold album is all I really want; but in the process no doubt I'm missing out on some album tracks I'd like just as much.
Whoever is behind that review is talking out of their proverbial. ABBA's back catalogue is exemplary, give or take a few howlers. Many album tracks are hidden gems. Yes, I agree that the concert could do without Does Your Mother Know but that's just my preference. To suggest the concert is great but that ABBA's music is somehow 'less than' is ridiculous. The MUSIC, those wonderful songs are what MADE ABBA.
And that speeded up Angeleyes is beyond annoying. They did something with the outro to Chiquitita a while back, slowed it down, it went viral. Marginally less irritating but that's TikTok for you.
Casual fans do work many ways. Let's not be so hard on casual ABBA fans, when we are the same to other artists.
I am the same as Richard regarding The Carpenters. I have only compilation albums from them and I may be missing out on good album tracks. I feel the same towards Elvis Presley, Diana Ross/the Supremes, Buddy Holly, The Kinks, Queen, Hot Chocolate, Bob Marley etc.
And some people are the same towards ABBA. They just want Gold Greatest Hits and maybe the Mamma Mia films.
That critic says there are 20 EXCELLENT ABBA songs - and is on the whole quite positive towards the concert.
Let's take some positives and go beyond the headlines.
Post by undertheappletree on Jun 10, 2022 6:44:00 GMT
Decided to read the Spectator article, written by a freelance music writer, who also writes for other publications; Guardian being one.
Firstly l think most of Abba, Sold their rights to their Back Catalogue, back in late 80s, early 90s, when Stig decided to sell Polar Music to Polydor. So they don't earn as much probably, as most People, and he believes.
Although he praises the Technical Wizardry of the Show and Venue, he fails to mention the 20 Excellent Songs HE Claims Abba only have. Although The Day Before You Came' must be One, and ST (Sic) and TACOM probably two others.
But to Say Abba have 20 Excellent Songs, and at the same time say they have the weakest BC of any major Artist, is a kind of contradictory.
I would be pushed to name 20 Excellent Songs by any Major contemporary Popular Artists.
It's all down to mostly Personal taste, and all Bands Artists have weak songs like the l do"s and and Ring Ring's.
I think there are many Abba hidden gems, but will remain hidden to The Casual Buyer's same with other Artists.
He does say there are no Excellent Songs on Voyage' l think there are some.
But nothing needs to be Excellent, look at Waterloo, that launched Abba, Still popular nearly fifty years later, a Good Song.