ABBA has released their ninth studio album, Voyage, which marks the band’s first official music in 40 years.
The Swedish group, made up of Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, who are all in their 70s now, recorded the 10-track album after coming together to film a virtual concert for their fans as “ABBA-tars”.
The band's last album, The Visitors, was released in 1981 and during their heyday, they sold more than 400 million copies of their music.
Naturally, fans were eager to see what this new music would be like. Sticking to the sounds they are most famous for, the tracks are said to strike a balance between melancholy ballads and upbeat pop.
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Posting on the official ABBA Twitter account, the band shared their personal thoughts about making new music together again. Agnetha was quoted as saying: “When we got back together in the studio, I had no idea what to expect… But Benny’s recording studio is such a friendly and safe environment, and before I knew it I was really enjoying myself!”
“I can hardly believe that finally, the moment has come to share this with the world!”
Speaking of how they think the music will be received, Benny Andersson told BBC News that "[they] don't need to prove anything here", adding: "I don't think we're taking a risk because if people think that we were better 40 years ago, fine."
Voyage is out now and available to listen to on all major streaming platforms and CD.
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