ABBA
Voyage


3.0
good

Review

by Brandon Taylor USER (36 Reviews)
November 21st, 2021 | 46 replies


Release Date: 11/05/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: ABBA, I still have faith in you.

ABBA returning after 40 years with a full-length album has to be one of 2021’s most surprising and exciting musical moments. Anyone who calls themselves a pop music fan would have felt the hype from the announcement and then from the release of 3 fantastic lead singles. “Don’t Shut Me Down” has a fantastic groove, vibrant orchestral flourishes and showcases the band’s vocals being as strong as ever, while “I Still Have Faith In You” complements it with a more reserved, cinematic build. “Just A Notion”, the highlight of the bunch, sounds as fresh and disco-ready as it would have in 1979, when it was originally written to be released on the album Voulez-Vous.

If ABBA returned with just these 3 songs, it would have been heralded as an undisputed triumph. Unfortunately, there are 7 other songs on Voyage, and none of them stack up to the singles. I don’t buy that ABBA have always been a singles band – Arrival and Voulez-Vous have surprisingly little filler, and one of my favourite ABBA songs, “If It Wasn’t For The Nights”, is a deep cut. However, one stereotype of the band that actually is correct is that they are a lot more successful at upbeat numbers than ballads. Sadly, Voyage features several of the latter. I won’t go into critiquing them – once you’ve heard one you’ve heard them all, although I would at least for curiosity’s sake recommend you check out “Ode To Freedom”, which sounds bizarrely like a Central European country’s national anthem.

Despite the album being weighed down by slow songs, my overwhelming sentiment towards it is appreciation that it was created to begin with, and that it contains three songs that stand up with the band’s best.



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Get Low
November 21st 2021


11835 Comments


First

MeatSalad
November 21st 2021


17559 Comments


Mamma mia, here i go again! My my,

Trifolium
November 21st 2021


29337 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

!!!



"and one of my favourite ABBA songs, “If It Wasn’t For The Nights”, is a deep cut" THIS 100%💚💚💚💚💚



Also this "I don’t buy that ABBA have always been a singles band" [2]



Nice review!

MeatSalad
November 21st 2021


17559 Comments


How could I resist ya?

Pangea
November 21st 2021


7763 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is my favourite abba i think

Digging: Joana Serrat - Hardcore from the Heart

Get Low
November 21st 2021


11835 Comments


I love that they added a random Christmas song in the album.

Trifolium
November 21st 2021


29337 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not unprecedented: Happy New Year!!!

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
November 21st 2021


26865 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Visitors was the way to let it go.

Digging: Tomb of Annihilation - End of Time

Trifolium
November 21st 2021


29337 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I have been waiting for these visitooooooooooors



Peak ABBA tune. Another perfect non-single.

gryndstone
November 21st 2021


2179 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

When You Danced With Me goes hard

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
November 21st 2021


17129 Comments


Voyage voyage
Éternellement

Trifolium
November 21st 2021


29337 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Notrap omg yes.

MrSirLordGentleman
November 21st 2021


14829 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It was a decent album with a few great moments but a very safe bet overall, which isn't bad for a band this old. I'm glad we got a little bit more material from them despite of what the haters may say



I agree that Visitors was a perfect swan song for them though

Sabrutin
November 21st 2021


8196 Comments


Joy pop

Always cool to have some more of it today

SitarHero
November 22nd 2021


13781 Comments


Considering how hyped the announcement was I'm surprised the actual release flew under the radar.

JeremiahBullfrog
November 22nd 2021


1316 Comments


roasting hot outdated eurovision toots in my ears

MrSirLordGentleman
November 22nd 2021


14829 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

you do know giving a 1 to a whole big discography because you want to "roast" it can be reported, right?

JeremiahBullfrog
November 22nd 2021


1316 Comments


Report me then

JeremiahBullfrog
November 22nd 2021


1316 Comments


But the 1 is genuine, not for troll sake, Abbas music is a 1 to me

Trifolium
November 22nd 2021


29337 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Crazy. So many perfect tunes. So many.



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