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  • Audio CD (4 Jan. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B00005KKC8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,786 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Visitors
  2. Head Over Heels
  3. When All Is Said And Done
  4. Soldiers
  5. I Let The Music Speak
  6. One Of Us
  7. Two For The Price Of One
  8. Slipping Through My Fingers
  9. Like An Angel Passing Through My Room
  10. Should I Laugh Or Cry
  11. The Day Before You Came
  12. Cassandra
  13. Under Attack

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Format: Audio CD
It's said this album was something of a departure for the group. That this was not the ABBA people had come to know and love. No "Waterloo". Not a trace of a "Dancing Queen". It should be pointed out however that this album is not exactly "ABBA does Death Metal".

The opener and title track is perhaps the closest they came to emulating the New Wave/Synth Pop explosion of the time. Parts of it are reminiscent of "Summer Night City" (minus the disco) and "Eagle" (without the majesty) while managing to create an interesting and unsettling sonic landscape all of its own which suggests an encounter of the third kind may very well be waiting behind the locked door, and they must surely score points for creating a pop song about Russian dissidents.

Next up is "Head Over Heals" which treats us to its fairground synths, jaunty chorus and tale of 'girl-about-town gets herself in trouble'. This one is a bit like Agnetha's very own "Money Money Money" and lyric-wise it's tempting to imagine Björn, a la Fleetwood Mac, cheekily having his ex sing a song about herself that isn't altogether flattering. Or not.

"When All is Said and Done" is a standout in the style of "The Winner Takes it All", although it is surprisingly upbeat for a break-up song (and sort of Christmassy) with a positively defiant lead vocal from Frida. A song of shaking hands and walking away, head held high. Bittersweet rather than just plain bitter. It would have made a good, upbeat album closer, and had serendipity played its part properly, the perfect send off for the group: "Thanks for all your generous love and thanks for all the fun ..."

"Soldiers" is perhaps the forgotten gem on this album.
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The early `80s saw the collapse of ABBA's cheery stock. The bouncy tongue-in-cheek pop of two married couples increasingly gave way to the depth, introspection and eloquence of four world-weary divorcés. While 1980's 'Super Trouper' straddled the old and the new with great success, 1981's swansong album, 'The Visitors', gave up the pretence and embraced darkness.

The heartbreak pop of the lead single, 'One Of Us', lulled the public into a false sense of security. Laden with shimmering harmonies and Agnetha's trademark plaintiveness, it sounded like business as usual. The album followed a week later and its elegantly gloomy cover hinted at the mood shift that coloured the music within. Thematically, this was all very unABBA: cold war commentary; empathy for Russian dissidents; surreal paeans to the power of music; small-ads for kinky threesomes; parental angst; and post-divorce wound-licking were a far cry from the feel-good oomph of 'Dancing Queen.'

Bjorn contended that these deeper lyrics needed a single voice and so it was that Frida and Agnetha took alternate lead-vocals across the album (with one token Bjorn vocal thrown in). The high-octane unison singing of old was confined to choruses only. This approach intensified the paranoiac feel of the pulsating title track, where Frida artfully channels the panic of a dissident waiting for the police to kick down the door. Likewise, it showcased her fiery resilience on 'When All Is Said And Done', a curiously uplifting song about her divorce from Benny. Her remarkable pipes cut a theatrical swathe through `I Let The Music Speak,' and she is gorgeously restrained for the bitter loneliness of 'Like An Angel Passing Through My Room.
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The last studio album released by ABBA showcases their talent for writing, producing and performing like no previous ABBA album. Their maturity is obvious and the stresses of two marriages and divorces can be heard in many of the lyrics. "The Visitors" is a dark, moody and frankly quite frightening track inspired by the cold war and like no other ABBA track heard before or since. Frida's deep voice and training shine through and will bring a chill to all those who listen and understand "I have been waiting for these Visitors - help me...". In stark contrast "Head of Heals" is a light, amusing track about a girl who won't sit still (outdated but funny video produced for this track). "When All is Said and Done" sees Frida on lead vocals again with a very mature song about two people growing older, obviously written and sung from the heart. "Soldiers" once again sees lyrics about heroism and war. This track must have seemed very modern at the time of release with an almost Phil Collins-esq drumbeat style at the beginning. "I Let the Music Speak" sees Frida leading once again and has a very "musical" almost classical sound - obviously the way Bjorn and Benny saw their music going and written at the start of the writing of "Chess". "One of Us" was the last top-ten hit for ABBA reaching number 3 in the UK in 1981 - fantastic vocals from Agnetha once again. "Two for the Price of One" sees Bjorn on lead vocals, a light break from the second part of the album and with a funny twist at the end. "Slipping Through my Fingers" was written by Bjorn and sung by Agnetha about their daughter growing older and is Agnetha at her very best.Read more ›
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