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More stories and less opinion, if you don't mind!,
This review is from: "Abba": Thank You for the Music (Stories Behind Every Song) (Paperback)I love finding out about music and songs, whether it's pop, classical, musicals or whatever, and I like to know things like who wrote the pieces and what was happening at the time. I also love finding out anything about ABBA, so I thought this would be really good. Well, in places it's okay, but if you're a fan you'll have read all the good stuff either on the sleeve notes of the cd's, or in books like Bright Lights, Dark Shadows.
There's too much 'opinion' and waffle, and not enough information here. And there's lots of pointless descriptions of the tracks. Why do we need to be told what something sounds like? If you've got the song you already know what it sounds like, and if you don't have it you probably don't want to plough through ALL the wasted space telling us that such-and-such instrument begins the intro, before strings take over and then this happens and then Benny starts on the whatever and Agnetha sings a high bit... blah blah blah...?
And all those little snide comments don't help. I have a mind of my own, and I DON'T CARE what the author thinks of a song, I want to know about THE STORIES BEHIND EVERY SONG like the title boasts. And in that way, this books fails by a mile. Take 'The Day Before You Came' which is my second favourite ABBA track. Plenty of quoted lyrics, plenty of 'wry' observations about them... but how about some extra info? Or perhaps something that wasn't in the new sleeve notes of the cd? No way. And that happens over and over again, track after track. Does any ABBA fan care that 'That's Me' wasn't on the same commercial level as 'Dancing Queen'? No. And I don't like sarcasm such as "...if they'd released That's Me instead of Dancing Queen, ABBA would be working in a burger bar now". And why does Bjorn's favourite ABBA track 'prove' he's a strange man? If I wanted personal opinions about the songs, I'd write my own book which would be FULL of them, just like ANYBODY could!!
I would say to people this isn't for fans. It's for people who vaguely remember ABBA, have a compilation or two, and want to laugh at other people's success and creativity. It isn't funny, and it's NOT clever. They were a fabulous group with a mountain of brilliant songs which I love - all of which were done at least seven years before I was born!
The book gets 1 star because there are some pictures of the group which I hadn't seen before.