is generally considered to be ABBA's finest album. The overheated disco flourishes of Voulez-Vous
have been dropped and the sequencing is very nearly perfect. What's more, silly lyrics metamorphose into things of wrenching beauty. The overall tone is rather sombre--the unravelling of the band members' relationships underscores every track--but as usual ABBA turns melancholy into uplifting pop music. This remastered version of the 1981 album includes two extra songs. "Put on Your White Sombrero" was recorded during the Super Trouper
sessions but was replaced on the album by the title track; it's in the band's Spanish vein and comes with a throbbing synthesizer hook. "Elaine" was the B-side of "The Winner Takes It All" single and is an up-tempo number that is far from being a throwaway. --Elisabeth Vincentelli
This 1980 release hit #17 on the charts! Includes On and On and On; Winner Takes It All , and more.