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ILM's favourite ABBA album?

Poll Results

OptionVotes
The Visitors 5
One of Us 3
Head Over Heels 2
When All Is Said and Done 2
Two For The Price Of One 1
Slipping Through My Fingers 1
Like An Angel Passing Through My Room1
Soldiers 0
I Let The Music Speak 0


Geir Hongro, Tuesday, 1 July 2008 23:20 (6 years ago) Permalink

This album is shock full of contenders, really. "I Let The Music Speak", "Two For The Price Of One", "Slipping Through My Fingers", "Like An Angel Passing Through My Room". Plus the CD edition has 4 really great bonus tracks too. But it's "Head Over Heels", really, it is.

Geir Hongro, Tuesday, 1 July 2008 23:21 (6 years ago) Permalink

Geir Hongro, Tuesday, 1 July 2008 23:21 (6 years ago) Permalink

Yeah "Head Over Heels" but nothing here makes me do jumping jacks. The curse of maturity. Probably a good thing they stopped here.

Kevin John Bozelka, Wednesday, 2 July 2008 05:36 (6 years ago) Permalink

never post again

Milton Parker, Wednesday, 2 July 2008 07:13 (6 years ago) Permalink

cosign

Niles Caulder, Wednesday, 2 July 2008 07:14 (6 years ago) Permalink

uh-huh...

I like the bonus tracks a lot - paritcularly Under Attack, for the crazy evocative way-too-short synth solo. I thought the Day Before You Came was on this as a proper track. Oh well...

I'm gonna go for "One Of Us". Just broken up with someone, could do with a bit of Visitors right now. :-(

the next grozart, Wednesday, 2 July 2008 07:39 (6 years ago) Permalink

I find it weird to imagine this album w/o bonus tracks, esp "Day Before You Came" which for me is kind of teh centre point of the album.

baaderonixx, Wednesday, 2 July 2008 07:59 (6 years ago) Permalink

If they kept at it, they would've been indistinguishable from Dollar (though not Bucks Fizz) within two or three years.

Kevin John Bozelka, Wednesday, 2 July 2008 08:07 (6 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

ILX System, Tuesday, 8 July 2008 23:01 (6 years ago) Permalink

If they kept at it, they would've been indistinguishable from Dollar (though not Bucks Fizz) within two or three years.

Within 2-3 years from "The Visitors", Dollar were more or less gone. (Yes, I know they did a comeback with a cover of "Oh L'Amour", but that was the exception)

Geir Hongro, Wednesday, 9 July 2008 07:27 (6 years ago) Permalink

I was dreading this one. It's quite impossible, obviously. I would like to vote for "Soldiers", which is a lovely tune, in many ways a successful version of an idea that didn't properly work for me on "Fernando" and "Chiquitita" finally given the chorus it deserves, and not likely to pick up any marks here. But my favourite is still "When All Is Said and Done", because it speaks about middle age better than any other tune they ever did. And it's a helluva tune.

It feels like this album drifts in and out of favour all the time, but it is their best album. There are absolutely no duff tracks whatsoever.

Noodle Vague, Wednesday, 9 July 2008 07:41 (6 years ago) Permalink

Abba loved their phrasal idioms and ciches, huh

Frogman Henry, Wednesday, 9 July 2008 07:47 (6 years ago) Permalink

...either the opener or the original album closer, for me. can't friggin' decide, huh.

t**t, Wednesday, 9 July 2008 16:44 (6 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

ILX System, Wednesday, 9 July 2008 23:01 (6 years ago) Permalink

Within 2-3 years from "The Visitors", Dollar were more or less gone.

Right. But that doesn't detract from my argument.

Kevin John Bozelka, Thursday, 10 July 2008 00:26 (6 years ago) Permalink

Your argument being bollocks kind of does, tho.

Noodle Vague, Thursday, 10 July 2008 00:36 (6 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

I still can't believe "The Day Before You Came" isn't on this. "Under Attack" is also such an important element of the album to me, I can't really think of it any other way. Can we repoll with bonus tracks please??

dog latin, Monday, 15 February 2010 11:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

would vote

Ismael Klata, Monday, 15 February 2010 11:37 (4 years ago) Permalink

I would say bonus tracks don't belong in a poll, because they weren't really supposed to be on the album.

That being said, those two tracks (and the b-sides, which were also great) help make the album better. The three last editions of the album have all had different bonus tracks though.

Tied Up In Geir (Geir Hongro), Monday, 15 February 2010 12:00 (4 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

zero soldiers is rrrong...but one of us as top 2 is prob otm (bassline!)

wilter, Monday, 14 June 2010 08:55 (4 years ago) Permalink

also feeling the absence of "Under Attack" here. one of my favourite Abba songs.

anagram, Monday, 14 June 2010 08:59 (4 years ago) Permalink

9 months pass...

man i challoply sometimes think this is top 10 album evah tbqh

yuoowemeone, Sunday, 27 March 2011 11:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

that's not a challop. the results on this poll are a huge fucking challop tho.

a SB-in' artist that been in the game for a minute (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 27 March 2011 13:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

http://open.spotify.com/track/0mp4YjQgmzO6OLIKPkuX2R

that 'unheard demos' medley now available on Spotify. kinda measly at 9 minutes but hey.

piscesx, Tuesday, 15 May 2012 23:02 (2 years ago) Permalink


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