Please follow all off-site links carefully, at your own risk...
Blogger note: Please peruse the following linked post (here) for more correct weather details re Agnetha's 1979 "...middle of tornado" U.S. concert flight. (Briefly ref. in the 3/13 BBC article. (It is her storm story though. I 'get' that...)
Link, new window:http://star4abba.blogspot.com/2009/05/sos-abbas-unfortunate-1979-boston.html
...Here is another recent article. Fairly decent treatment from a mainstream media source. ...Though Agnetha -stereotypes still creep in at times. Off-site link to 3/13/13 article, new window opens: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2013/mar/13/abba-agnetha-faltskog-returns
(Continuing, previously-written text; which now (actually) is not going to happen. Pls. read the right side-bar....):)
We will now return to waiting for the full (official) album release, followed - after enough good listens - by one last 'listener's review' (of that).
Please come back for the review if you (also) have an interest...
>>> My own "teaser"(also pls. see further below): The couple of song 'snippets' I've so far heard (which is not nearly enough)
>>>But I'm thrilled that usually-quiet (sans spotlight -- suspect this album may - in part - alter that image a bit), veteran-singer Agnetha has made such an effort at all. (This album effort is definitely - in part - about updating/changing an (incorrect, out-of-date) image.)
And it is her commercial (i.e., for sale), pop-music, artistic output. (Guided by Jörgen Elofsson, clearly.) I.e., it is Agnetha's art/art form, and there should be no personal (or similar) judgment in that.
(When we've heard the new recording) We'll see how this all works out (for the singer). Not too difficult to guess: I think I foresee some success coming (with her album)... Another little 'teaser' "review": The German single (snippet available elsewhere right now (link)) -- is (at least close to) classic Agnetha! (As noted elsewhere (link): It 'screams' "Agnetha"...(e.g., the "torch" singer).
The primary single/video -- this site (that matters some) seems to like it (off-site link) -- I'm still sorting out a bit. (Stream-of- (un)consciousness follows:) It's a catchy enough tune. (Significantly, I now can't get parts of it out of my head...) I assume that the young woman in the video represents...young Agnetha?? (If we're going with a literal interp., part of the video story could even be recording (for "history") that it was (young) Agnetha who 'threw out' young...Bjorn(?)...)
Lots of drum machine...and other 'stuff' in the background.( Modern 'techno-pop', I suppose) Agnetha - at moments in the song - is 'on' a bit about something... (Update: After a number of listens, I think that 'Agnetha sounds like Agnetha' in this song, and I am liking that...) BTW: What is the word that the star sings in the line from the song's chorus, "Well then nothing really _______?" Lyric sheets I've seen indicate it's supposed to be "matters", but does not sound like that word at all -- to me. More like; "burns", or "earns" or...what??)
The produced video (though tame by today's 'standards') is (of course) not (depicting) a happy story...But on the other hand -- a 'dual-nature' characteristic** sooo much a key aspect of this performer -- we have Agnetha's appealing voice, a generally appealing song....
And literal appearances are: We have a beautiful blonde singer still nursing a broken heart, from ""a fairy-tale story" 1970s marriage(?) -- without a happy ending...". And "no one" (chanted several times over by the singer) can take 'his' place...Literally taken (unless I'm just not 'getting it' at all): It's sad! Wait: Up-beat, catchy song creation, but with a sad 'message'....hmmmm (link).) )
(3/13)** -- Without really getting into it (link to where I did, some), just a bit more rumination on an "artist/person of contrasts" (at times): Not trying to read too much into it, but even the two singles released (thus far) by/for Ms. Fältskog seem almost complete contrasts. Understanding that neither song is the artist's own composition (i.e., she is performing them): The main single ("When You Really Loved Someone") ostensibly seems about a still-broken-hearted woman (Agnetha?) proclaiming/lamenting that "no one" can take "his" place. I.e., 'I (the protagonist) still hurt; let me nurse that (alone) and nobody (should) even try to "assuage" that'...?
Her (more traditional-sounding) German-released single -- on the other hand, in complete contrast -- sounds like a woman ardently seeking love: "Don't let me slip away"..."Please let me show, how much I want to be the one who loves you now"..."I am...ready to risk it all once more...".
-- Perhaps a hearing of the full album/all songs will help resolve - or 'integrate' - such an apparent contrast between the two songs chosen as singles. April, 2013 update: For those who may want a preview, the following fan blog says they have an advance copy of the entire A" album. Short descriptions about each new song are included. Off-site link, new window opens: http://agnethannifrid.blogspot.nl/
>>>We will give the singer's album a fair listen here. Each listener will decide now for themselves what they think,what appeals, etc....(I'm going to wait for my copy of "A" to arrive...)
ALSO, FWIW: The (apparent) 'A' album title would place Agnetha's at the top of many alphabetical (album) title listings. (Intentionally(?) or not...)
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(Previously written text, 2012:) October, 2012: ...I have been away on vacation....
....And have returned to the best news. (One forum link is below.) Like all of her fans I will be closely following this music story. (Uhh....from afar, of course.)
It is great news. Just fantastic that Agnetha appears to have confidence in her voice (etc.) and is giving it another go.
No matter what the motivation may be I think she's a great lady for doing that....
(Continuing previously written text:) FWIW, note to readers: This website ('blog') plans to focus primarily upon on music aspects of Agnetha's anticipated release. Plenty of other options are available for news, rumors and so on....
Update (also 'FWIW'):
(It's an old pic. but we'll put it up anyway. Update: A recent photo of the star -- honoring "some up-and-comer" with a backstage visit -- is linked here (new window opens). And another link for some good newer pics.):
(Agnetha Fältskog, ABBA, Ekeberghallen, Oslo, Norway, 28 January 1977, by Helge Øverås.
No affiliation, no endorsement of this website implied.)
P.S. I am very happy to (apparently) have been incorrect with one guess/prediction about Agnetha's singing again, via this post (link): http://star4abba.blogspot.com/2009/07/closing-post-abba-agnetha.html
As noted here previously (link), the lady does come up with surprises from time to time.
Updated note: Comments below expand upon this post.(As a (belated) 'preface' (to those), I'm adding this 2004 quotation (date approximate), attributed to Ms. Fältskog's agent/spokesperson, Staffan Lindé. It's out-of-context, but a good summation of the professional singer, perhaps even today:)
"Staffan Lindé was asked: How does Agnetha view her career these days? [Insert: Around 2004 when My Colouring Book was coming out...]
(Link to source)
"I think she views her "career" as finished. But she's still a divinely gifted singer, and she still has a lot to give musically, it's the next step for her, a new direction. It's not about fame, not that it ever was", he says. At the same time she's her own worst critic....""