Post by donald_quigley on Feb 7, 2017 11:10:35 GMT
In recent years Chiquitita has begun to impress more and more. The words are some of Bjorn's best - articulate, affecting and rich, but without the overreach you tend to get with his later lyrics, when, to a degree, you feel he was trying to showcase his English fluency a little too much, which led to a certain stodginess. The singing on Chiquitita is classic ABBA-school of heartfelt; earnest but stoic, without the tip into melodrama or over-cookedness you get on things like The Winner Takes The Biscuit and I Let The Music Shriek. The tune, and blend of acoustic and gentle synthetic sounds is excellent, and the production touches (the vocal-echo and general reverby sound) and structure (the rolling piano into the fade-out coda, and the coda itself, are great elements) keep you interested. I've spoken about my liking for The King Has Lost His Crown in other forums and don't want to retread old ground, but it's the other stand-out track. As for a third nomination, I'm struggling; the rest trail so far behind Chiquitita and TKHLHC (with As Good As New and Kisses Of Fire destined to fight it out to avoid being given the wooden spoon) that I don't really care which one is trundling along in third place. DYMK might've been a candidate, if they'd opted to rework the lyric and move away from the song's somewhat troubling subject matter.