2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A GREAT RE-LAUNCHING OF A SOLO CAREER!!,
This review is from: Something's Going On (Audio CD)
This is a particularly odd album - not least because I have found myself playing it far more in recent years than I ever did back at the time of its release, and more lately, I have been unable to stop playing it at all, and when I've not been playing it, each track has been playing in my head! Whether this has something to do with the gap without hearing it, getting older, its being somewhat ahead of its time, or just plain `good'. In any case, it's definitely an album that needs more play in order to both like and `understand' it.
Everyone will know that Frida Lyngstad was one quarter of ABBA (the biggest and greatest pop band in music history - sorry guys I don't buy that it was the Beatles; many people who liked ABBA did not even buy records...) and a great many people were not happy with this - her first solo album since the split. It sounded so different from what they'd expected. But like any ingredient; Frida was only one element of that super group recipe, but in any case, this album was not meant to be an extension of ABBA, but the launching - or rather `re-launching' of a solo career. When viewed this way, this is an excellent album indeed - especially when you consider that Frida was not a young pop star, and many in those days were regarded as past it beyond the age of thirty when Frida was heading towards forty!
Every song here is fabulous - and with so many varying styles. Some people have slated it due to Phil Collins' input, but I have to say (and I am not a fan of Phil Collins - see my Review for his album `Face Value' to find out!) in all fairness, his contribution here I have absolutely no problem with at all! The duet in particular `Here We'll Stay' is tremendous and I think the two voices complement each other perfectly. I've noted also that one or two have said the version of Frida singing this song alone is much better - I don't know myself because I haven't heard it; I do not have the CD with the bonus tracks, (I do not buy them unless I have to) I own the original CD which I prefer and so it is not included. I also think Frida's version of `You Know What I Mean' is better than Phil's, though the latter still gives a great rendition of his own composition which I have suitably praised on my review for his album. For me for some reason this leans more to being a woman's song, and so from that point of view Frida is naturally bound to come out on top for me!
A GREAT album that deserves much, much more play and acclaim than it often gets. Many refer to its much lesser success in Britain; reaching only #18 in the albums chart, but it was a number one in Sweden - and a top three hit in five other European countries!!
I was lucky enough to have had correspondence with Frida thirty years ago - a couple of years after ABBA split, and she's a truly lovely lady!