1001 Albums You Must Hear (and Blog about) Before You Die

My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die

637. Arrival – ABBA

Original album is tracks 1- 10

Brief Background: Arrival was recorded in the span of a a year from August of 1975 through September of 1976. It was released in October of ’76. The album contained ABBA’s biggest hit in “Dancing Queen”.

What I think: I was sure the album was going to be a collection of overly syrupy songs an completely void of substance. My suspicions were held up with the first track, “When I Kissed the Teacher”, which is just silly and vapid. After that though, with one exception, I was thoroughly surprised by how much I enjoyed this album. Yes, I like an ABBA album, that is a statement I never thought I’d be making.

So, track three “My Love, My Life” has a really intense wall of sound thing going on where all of the instruments have soft edges and that really bugs me. The rest though, have a really nice hard Disco beat with clearly defined instruments and great pop hooks. It may not be the deepest music in the world, but for pop songs it’s right up there with what Jeff Lynne did with ELO. My favorites are “Knowing Me, Knowing You”, it’s an ear worm in the best possible way, “Why Did it Have to be Me?”, with a great throwback rock/pop sound that seems like a play out of ELO’s game plan,  and “Tiger” with it’s vengful lyrics built into innocent Disco music.

Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I do thing it should be here. It’s not quite a Pop masterpiece, but it’s a seriously competent collection of Pop music.

Rating (Out of 5) 4

Amazon Rating of Arrival: 4.7/5

Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (283/365)

Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 78%


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