Formed in 1972, Abba were a Swedish supergroup, consisting of songwriters Ulvaeus and Andersson from The Hep Stars and singers Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. After winning the Eurovision Song Contest with Waterloo in 1974, the band sold almost 400 million singles and albums around the world. Their final recording sessions, in 1982, produced the hits Under Attack and The Day Before You Came, which featured on the compilation album The Singles. And now ?
“I’m half-thrilled and half-terrified,” says Kitty Empire, pop critic for The Observer after the news about new records emerged. “No matter what they produce, can it ever live up to this weight of expectation? But I’m cautiously optimistic,” he added quickly. Can any band reform 35 years after their peak and recapture what fans loved about them? – is the question which remains. People have great expectations and possibly they will be covered. Abba were always different and special. They are very good artists. The Swedish quartet said the new material was an “unexpected consequence” of their recent decision to put together a “virtual reality” tour. No release date has been set for the new songs – but one of them, titled I Still Have Faith In You, will be performed in December on a TV special broadcast by the BBC and NBC.