And not only the blandness, but also the fact that it sounds like he's trying to talk in an American accent, when we know he isn't American, and he probably thinks he sounds cool when he actually sounds anything but.
I've always had a bit of a soft spot for Move On's spoken introduction. Bjorn sounds as though he had his tongue at least partly in his cheek when he was doing it, and he might've been trying to prevent it sounding too oratorical or portentous by opting to do it in an accent. I think the way he does it helps to make it both playful and affecting at the same time.
Hi everyone! My first post in this forum! I love ABBA, though I am not the most knowledgeable fan. Hopefully I can develop my ABBA taste more here!
I should probably start by saying, I often feel like this album in particular is not very radio-made. I feel like none of these songs would sound good coming out of some car speakers. All of them are perhaps too moody and slow for radio. So instead of radio singles, I'm thinking in terms of which are the poppiest moments.
So with that pop rubric in mind, I'd go with "Thank You for the Music" and "The Name of the Game" easily. Very catchy moments. Anthems for sure. My third pick maybe seems obvious: "Take a Chance on Me." However, it was actually not obvious for me, because I've sorta gotten sick of hearing this song, and hearing it being praised by casual ABBA fans. But after I thought about it for just one second, it became obvious that this is the most instantaneous song on the entire album, if not ABBA's entire discography (besides "Waterloo" and "Ring Ring"). My final pick is hard. The first three came pretty easily, but now I'm mulling over "One Man, One Woman", "Eagle" and "Move On". I went with "Move On". It is, simply put, one of the most inspirational songs of all time. It is unfathomable to me that this single is still only considered a "deep cut". The only thing that held me back is the starting monologue done by , and again, the slow pace of the song. But it has a very strong pop structure, and that's what counts here. I decided against "Eagle" because it's too psychedelic to be a single on the radio. It would've packed a huge punch for people who just heard the singles, and then listened to the album. "Eagle" as the opener, would have blown their minds, and it would be best to keep that surprise element. I decided against "One Man, One Woman" because it just seems to ordinary. But that's just a personal nitpick. I dunno if anyone else gets this vibe, but I get a sense of deja vu from this song, since it sounds pretty similar to "Knowing Me, Knowing You". At least to me. And the (mature) sentiment of the song, doesn't seem like it would appeal to a very large group of people, especially the youth.
To summarize for y'all lazy readers, "Thank You for the Music", "Name of the Game", "Take a Chance on Me", and "Move On" are my picks.
Name of the Game, one of my all time favorites from them
Take a Chance on Me, the obvious single choice
Hole in Your Soul, a nice uptempo rocking number, but, the chipmunk vocals are weird - I'm not sure this would have scored
Thank You for the Music - this might have scored well in the USA AM pop radio, but would have never been played on FM, so, I dont know
Eagle and Move On never would have hit in the USA, in my opinion. Too slow, they both seem to drag at times... Eagle, even if it was heavily edited for time, has too many dramatic FX poured onto it. A nice album track but not an American single.
The Album is my all time favourite ABBA album so it's extremely difficult to pick up four tracks. However, if pressed, I would make the same choices as wombat and for similar reasons. The Name Of The Game and Take A Chance On Me are quite obvious. Eagle is a superb song but I'm not sure it works as a single. I never liked the edits. Thank You For The Music would have done better, I think. Hole In Your Soul is a lost opportunity in my opinion, it definitely should have been a single.
It’s a sublime album, only just edged out by Arrival as my favourite ABBA album. Together, the two albums are ABBA at the absolute peak of their creativity. There’s barely a bad moment on them. (If I was being picky, I would criticise the lyrics of Dum Dum Diddle and Thank You For The Music, and that unnecessary intro to Move On.)
But as for the question, I think any track from The Album except I Wonder and I’m A Marionette could be a single. I would go with (in order) The Name Of The Game, Take A Chance On Me, Eagle and Hole In Your Soul, which neatly balances fast and slow songs.
The Name Of The Game b/w I Wonder Hole In Your Soul b/w One Man, One Woman
(I love Eagle to pieces, but in no way, shape or form ought it to be considered single material, even in its edited form (to chop it down is an act of vandalism in itself!). It's an album track 'in excelsis', one of the finest album openers there is in pop and rock.)