ABBA’s hit on a boring beat

By Phil Ayling - The Daily Telegraph Tuesday, 24 January 1978 

ABBA–The Album (RCA)

Every pop group hit a low patch in their career – ABBA appear to have hit theirs in this album.

The Super-Swedes who shot to fame early last year don’t seem to have taken enough time in putting this disk together.

Even the most ardent ABBA fans will find it well below their normal first-class standard.

But the album isn’t all bad as it contains their latest single, The Name Of The Game, which is selling well.

The first side opens with Eagle, which has distinctive lyrics but a boring beat.

Take A Chance On Me follows and is by far the worst track on the album.

It’s slow, uninteresting and has been put together in an amateurish way.

Move On, Hole In Your Soul and Thank You For The Music are on the other side.

Photo: ABBA’s Björn…It’s a bomb.

© 1978 The Daily Telegraph. Thanks to Samuel Inglles