ABBA – Arrival (1976)

AllMusic Review: Widely considered the Swedish foursome’s first classic album — and historically important as the first to use the now-famous mirror-B logo — 1976’s Arrival contains three huge hit singles, the dramatic “Money Money Money,” the downcast “Knowing Me, Knowing You,” and quite possibly the band’s finest four minutes, the absolutely perfect pop classic “Dancing Queen,” a combination of Spector-ian grandeur, McCartney-esque melody, and the indescribable vocals of Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. The rest of ABBA’s fourth album is strikingly consistent and accomplished, from the sly, bouncy “When I Kissed the Teacher” to the atmospheric title track, making room in between for the three excellent singles and five other substantial pop tunes. Although three LPs and a greatest-hits compilation preceded it, Arrival is aptly titled, as this album announces the band’s move beyond bubblegum. — Rovi Staff

Track Listing:

All tracks written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “When I Kissed the Teacher” 3:00
2. “Dancing Queen”
  • Andersson
  • Stig Anderson
  • Ulvaeus
3:50
3. “My Love, My Life”
  • Andersson
  • Anderson
  • Ulvaeus
3:52
4. “Dum Dum Diddle” 2:50
5. “Knowing Me, Knowing You”
  • Andersson
  • Anderson
  • Ulvaeus
4:02
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Money, Money, Money” 3:05
2. “That’s Me”
  • Andersson
  • Anderson
  • Ulvaeus
3:15
3. “Why Did It Have to Be Me?”
  • Andersson
  • Anderson
  • Ulvaeus
3:20
4. “Tiger” 2:55
5. “Arrival” 3:00

 

Schill Score:  8/10

 

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