Q - p.1584 stars out of 5
-- "[T]his was the album that confirmed ABBA as superstars...[It] captures all the glory and innocence of ABBA's wonder years."
Q - 9/01, p.1264 stars out of 5
- "...Represents their apex..."
ABBA: Bjorn Ulvaeus (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars); Benny Andersson (vocals, accordion, piano, keyboards, synthesizer, marimba, chimes); Anni Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Faltskog (vocals).
Additional personnel: Janne Schaffer, Lasse Wellander, Anders Glenmark (electric guitar); Lasse Carlsson (saxophone); Rutger Gunnarson (bass); Ola Brunkert, Roger Palm (drums); Malando Gassama (percussion).
Recorded at Glen and Stocksund Studios, Stockholm, Sweden in 1976. Includes reissue liner notes by Carl Magnus Palm.
Digitally remastered using 24-bit technology by Jon Astley.
Recording information: 08/04/1975-09/18/1976.
Widely considered the Swedish foursome's first classic album--and historically important as the first to use the now-famous mirror-B logo--1976's ARRIVAL contains three huge hit singles, the dramatic "Money Money Money," the downcast "Knowing Me, Knowing You" and quite possibly the band's finest four minutes, the absolutely perfect pop classic "Dancing Queen," a combination of Spectorian grandeur, McCartneyesque melody and the indescribable vocals of Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. The rest of ABBA's fourth album is strikingly consistent and accomplished, opening with the sly, bouncy "When I Kissed the Teacher" and closing with the atmospheric title track, making room in between for the three excellent singles and five other substantial pop tunes. Although three LPs and a greatest-hits compilation preceded it, ARRIVAL is aptly titled, as this album announces the band's move beyond bubblegum.