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Abba Songwriters Can’t Say If New Music Will Be Accepted by Fans

After not performing together since 11 December 1982, Abba recently announced they would be returning with two new songs to accompany a planned tour using hologram avatars. The BBC reports songwriters Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus revealed they were unsure if the two new songs recorded with Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad would be accepted by fans and critics as a positive part of the legacy of the Swedish band.

Abba initially shot to fame winning the Eurovision Song Contest with the song, “Waterloo” and went on to enjoy global success before the two married couples divorced and found working together too difficult by the time of the release of their final album, “The Visitor” in 1981. Although the band did not officially split up they are classed as dissolved by fans, critics, and the music industry alike who have largely welcomed the return of the four-piece band since the recent announcement.

Andersson and Ulvaeus have been working together and appeared at the start of May in London’s West End to celebrate the revival of their musical, “Chess” written alongside Oscar-winning lyricist Sir Time Rice. The musical was one of the first post-Abba projects undertaken by the two songwriters following the final album created by Abba and is being performed on the West End stage for the first time since 1986 with Sir Michael Ball starring.

Answering questions on the return of Abba, Benny and Bjorn explained they believed the two songs recorded in 2018 had very different sounds with one having a contemporary feel and the other sounding as though it could have been released in 1972; both songwriters hoped fans and new listeners would enjoy the new songs and hinted at more music to be made by the band in the future.

Working on the music for the planned hologram tour proved to be the catalyst for the writing of new music with Andersson and Ulvaeus explaining they felt the new music was reserved for the tour. Singers Lyngstad and Faltskog were quick to agree to the small reunion with Andersson praising them as being the sound of Abba as soon as they started singing.