‘No Doubt About It,’ ABBA produces yet another hit album


Marty Blader

“Voyage” is a 37 minute soundtrack with 10 songs that each provide their own experience.

The initial sound of Swedish pop music might sound unappealing to a generation that lives off of rap; however, iconic Swedish group ABBA goes against these standards. Comprised of members Agnetha Fältskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, ABBA once again redefines what people might think of Swedish pop in their brilliant new album “Voyage.”

“Voyage” being released on Nov. 5, 2021, marks the first album ABBA has released in 40 years since “The Visitors.” This gap created some anxious speculation amongst ABBA’s fanbase, including the question: “Are they too old?” However, as the audience listens to the melodious blow of the first verse in “I Still Have Faith In You,” they don’t have any idea that a day passed in between their last album, let alone 40 years.

Reflecting their past work, “Voyage” inherently has a snappy, upbeat profile that fits in with the eight other studio albums that they have released. Whether this beat lasts for a moment or the entire length of the song, one will always find themselves tapping their foot to the catchy rhythm. Consistently, ABBA seamlessly provides this positive energy somewhere in just about all their records.

Unlike their past hits, the overall message of each song feels different, but not in a negative way. Lyricists Ulvaeus and Andersson seem to reflect on the past in their new album rather than living in the present. Quite frankly, this makes sense for these aged-popstars to reminisce on their fame and the good old days, rather than the stale present.

Singing about events both good and bad, allows the lyricists to be much more vivid and raw throughout their descriptions of these events; so much so that it allows each listener to clearly picture everything ABBA sings, such as the frightened dog in “I Can Be That Woman.” Ultimately the thorough descriptions of every event provides a profound connection between ABBA and the listeners.

Lead vocalists Fältskog and Lyngstad have a way of staying monotone throughout each song. While this may sound unappealing, it actually allows the instruments and background noise to be the primary source of energy. This group’s interesting dynamic of upbeat instruments and monotone voice allows each song to be interpreted in its own way.

Unlike the rest of “Voyage,” one song fell short of perfection. “Little Things” is a strange combination of Christmas lyrics, without any actual appeal to Christmas; zero sleigh bells or holiday spirit. On top of that, this song’s vague plot and confusing message makes it feel “Little” and out of place in the otherwise perfect album.

The group reveals that they aren’t going to stop at the release of a new album — announcing a four year tour. However, instead of going with the traditional way of performing in concerts, ABBA has announced that they will be using digital versions of themselves to perform. This innovative concert allows there to be more frequent ABBA performances in more places; the more ABBA, the better.