ABBA returns and the magic evaporates

Unsurprisingly, ABBA’s new album – the first of unreleased songs after 40 years of silence – has hit the top seller worldwide. In France alone, nearly 40,000 copies (including nearly 6,000 vinyls) have passed in one week, which ensures that platinum will be sold by the end of the year (100,000 sales). and undoubtedly more. Well packaged, the case seduced the Anglo-Saxon press. One wonders why. This “Voyage” has a hard time resuscitating the magic of heroic times when “Mamma Mia” or “Dancing Queen” made bodies and heads turn.

The start with “I still have faih in you” nevertheless augurs well for the best. The voices of Anni-Frid and Agnetha are there, intact and as charming as ever. As for the pop lyricism of Björn and Benny, it seems not to have aged a bit.

The rest is less glorious. Apart from the very lively “No doubt about it”, everything is terribly banal even downright silly (“Little things”, terrible Christmas carol with children’s choir; “Just a notion”, rock planted in the 60s; “Bumblebee “, syrupy ballad).

The production work is impressive but the machine runs empty, quickly causing boredom. As long as we are nostalgic until the end, let’s come back to the unsinkable compilation “Abba Gold” which, like, also takes the head of the sales of the reissues.

Album “Voyage”, d’ABBA (Polar/Universal).