I disagree. I sit down with their records fairly often, to listen to the amazing production, arrangements, harmonies, etc. To me, yeah, a lot of it is the quality of songs, but a lot of it is how they recorded and arranged them, which somehow isn't satisfying just replaying in my head. The records always sound better than I think.
ABBA have become one of those bands where it's either love' em, Hate'em or do either one with loads of post-modern irony. Nobody really sits down with a record and listens to it, cos everybody already knows the songs.
I like 'em (irony-free). S.O.S. is my favourite. And then maybe Fernando.
This thing rules but I fucking hate ABBA too. I was dragged to Mama Mia with the wife and another couple. The plot: each scene goes all cutesy into an ABBA song to the hilarity of all those familiar with the songes. I knew like ONE of the songs. Longest night of my life.
If you ever want to get laid, go to Sweden, step into a bar or night club and ask to DJ to play you some Abba... wait for the music to come on and watch the locals go NUTS... then move in and say something in English and you're golden.. something like "Hi..." usually does the trick
Andy, I'm disappointed in you. I thought you of all people would understand the magic and power of the ALLFUCKINGTIME 70s SUPERPOP group. The soaring, angelic voices and unique moves of Anni-Frid and Agnetha. The unstoppable songwriting and facial hair of Benny and Bjorn. No one else has ever come close. No one ever will. They thrilled audiences in 600 countries with two languages.