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5.0 out of 5 stars Mature pop for discerning ears, 13 May 2013
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This is a pop album, there is no mistaking that and why shouldn't there be? Agnetha is doing what she does best (although you try telling her that)

I try to give balanced reviews and hate it when people say there are no filler tracks on an album... But guess what?
There are great songs and there are good songs, there aren't any bad songs (save one which I don't think is bad, just a bit "meh") We have heartfelt ballads and upbeat pop it is a perfect (and occasionally bonkers) blend, but it works and that is why I have given this album 5 stars

The One who Loves You Now - a lovely song somewhere in between pop and ballad, it is a feel good song and sung beautifully with lovely key changes and backing vocals

When You Really Loved Someone - it follows beautifully from the first track as it is a bit slower, a bit sadder and has an incredible uplifting rift which cheerfully mixes with the pathos of the subject

Perfume in the Breeze - so descriptive in the lyrics and a lovely song, it is a bit predictable if I'm brutally honest but it doesn't lessen from the enjoyment

I Was a Flower - a ballad and then some. This is a powerful song and is actually the first time I was reminded of Abba as it is very lyric heavy and while there is accompaniment it really just needs Agnetha and a piano and it would have been even better

Should've Followed you Home - Gary Barlow and Agnetha sing the ultimate stalking song? Ok, it isn't that bad in subject matter, in fact it's a rather pleasant song, it reminds me of Lady Antebellum, a sort of easy country / pop song.

Past Forever - back to ballads. A very personal song and one that brings you back to earth

Dance your Pain Away - whoa! Disco is back children as if we ever doubted it. Donna Summer meets Kylie. It's camp, it's catchy it's one rainbow away from an Almighty remix. Any song which has the lyrics "you caught him in the restroom with another one" gets my vote for campest song of the year. My only negative is it almost feels out of place, it is too darn disco whereas the rest of the album is pop and ballad. I'm glad it's on the album as it is a standout track but it almost catches you unaware

Bubble - and back to ballad. It's a nice song, it fails by being straight after the disco but is still a lovely song

Back on the Radio - a slightly manipulated "Cher-like" voice at the start is not the only thing that dates this song. It isn't the best on the album. It just feels it was written a long time ago and although the lyrics try to balance it out it didn't really work for me

Keep them on the floor beside me - the final song on the album and it's a corker. Sung beautifully, it has a torchsong quality to it which is just beautiful. A haunting ballad of regret and the mistakes we make

So there you have it, there is perhaps one song which just didn't really work for me but it is still a song I listen to, I don't skip any tracks because they all work to showcase Agnetha
Don't resist this album, let yourself into the secret inner circle and smile smugly at people who have no idea that an icon such as Agnetha can make an album as first rate, as quality as this
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