- 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)
The Visitors CD
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Lista utworów: 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. UNDER ATTACK 13. YOU OWE ME ONE
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Even as the end was approaching they still managed to produce an LP that 30+ years on still sounds its breaking new ground in pop. Personally for me it is their masterpiece.Published 3 hours ago by J. Welch
I am an ABBA fan for 40 years and I have got all their LPs which I no longer own a record player to play the vinyls. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sassie
WAS INTRODUCED THIS BY A FRIEND, AND FOUND IT QUITE ENTERTAINING. LOTS OF TRACKS I HAVE NOT HEARD BEFORE AND THE SOUND MIX IS GREAT.Published 3 months ago by R