Who'd have thought it? Apparently a recluse, Ms. Faltskog returns to themusical limelight once more, all these years after Abba.
As collections of cover versions go,it's a pretty strange one, themajority of the 13 tracks fairly obscure and /or forgotten 60s tunes.Whilst agreeing with the previous reviewer that it's impossible for anyfan of 'the other Fab Four' to listen without a sentimental ear, this isnevertheless a hugely enjoyable listen.
The standard is consistently high throughout, the choices allowing for avariety of styles, each with lush orchestration. Dreamy single "If IThought You'd Ever Change Your Mind" is definitely one of the highpoints.Although featuring rather twee lyrics - a characteristic of much of thealbum - Agnetha's distinctive, still crystal-clear voice more thancompensates.
Of the two most well-known interpretations, a buoyant version of TheSearchers'"When You Walk In The Room" is the more successful, BrianHyland's "Sealed With A Kiss" covered in a perhaps slightly toounderstated style.
Amongst the more notable tracks are heartfelt ballad "Sometimes When I'mDreaming", mid-paced singalong "Remember Me" and the stirring,melodramatic "Fool Am I". Agnetha even manages to carry off a Sinatracover, "Past, Present and Future" with some aplomb. Only jazz standard"Fly Me To The Moon" sounds a little out of place.
I hope this album will be the commercial success that convinces 'theblonde one' to make another, hopefully of new material. In the meantime,this is a massively welcome offering for any Abba fan.