Released 21 April 1975
Recorded 22 August 1974 – 16 March 1975
Genres Europop, PopPop Rock
Descriptors female vocals, male vocals, playful, melodic, happy
Common tags pop, 1975, sweden, europop, pop rock, euro pop, 1970s, 70s, swedish, album, disco, 70’s, abba
Following to their 1973 Eurovision Song Contest victory, Abba is one of the rare bands having been able to pursue an international very successful career.
I have never been a big fan of this band, finding them too commercial with vocals too much ripped of from The Mamas & The Papas with far less skill.
Here excepted the wonderful « S.O.S. » and the listenable « Hey Hey Helen », all the rest is utterly mediocre, bombastic and noisy.
« I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do » is by far the worst hit song ever written by Abba. The saxophone intro sounds awful and the whole song is insipid.
« Tropical Loveland » is a poor attempt of singing reggae and it doesn’t make it at all.
And what to say about the bloated « Intermezzo No. 1 »? Another poor attempt to go into classical music!
As a conclusion, I would say this album is pretty weak in spite of trying to play in different musical genres.