The voyage continues, as a reunited ABBA drops its first album of new material in almost forty years.
Early Friday (Nov. 5), the Swedish pop superstar’s new album Voyage docked, ending a decades-long drought that has been described as the “greatest reunion in pop,” without so much as a whiff of hyperbole.
Some call it a musical miracle, and just in time for Christmas.
When Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad went their separate ways in the early ‘80s, only the most determined of fans held out hope for new music.
That moment would come to pass in September, when ABBA dropped the two-pack of “Don’t Shut Me Down,” and “I Still Have Faith In You,” the first of which cracked the U.K. Top 10 (debuting at No. 9). Last month, the foursome released a third fresh tune, “Just A Notion,” a classic ABBA track that was penned during their heyday in the late ‘70s.
All three of those numbers appear on Voyage, the followup to The Visitors, from November 1981.
ABBA will support their new works with a virtual residency in 2022. ABBA Voyage will feature the Super Swedes as digital versions of their younger selves, performing in a purpose-built 3,000-capacity arena in London.
Don’t hold your breath for a followup album. “This is it,” Andersson tells The Guardian’s Alexis Petridis. Ulvaeus adds, “I never said myself that ABBA was never going to happen again. But I can tell you now: this is it.”
Stream Voyage below.