Label: Polar - 0249876823 • Format: CD Album, Reissue, Remastered • Country: Canada • Genre: Rock, Pop, Folk, World, & Country •
How do you follow a part in a hit band? The obvious answer, of course, is to find a role in a bigger one — easy enough to suggest, but far harder to achieve. Listen Lycka - Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson - Lycka Lycka on Apple Music and Spotify. While pop may have been suffering one of its periodic global slumps inthere was still a solid enough interest in singer-songwriters who could craft melodies that undercut Hermodes Ritt - Morton - Surtalogi bombast and bluster of the predominant rock fraternity.
The folk influences on Lycka are obvious enough and, for the unfamiliar, the looping rhythm of the Swedish language at times adds to the sense of the unexpected. Listening to it today feels a bit like discovering a forgotten ABBA track in the back of the vault. It was this pop sensibility that shaped the direction of the two songwriters. A handful of other artists recorded covers from Lyckabut none had much success with their selection, though Anni-Frid revisited the title track Long Way - Jana Pope - Bohemian her Benny-produced debut LP, Fridawhich was issued in While no one would pretend that this is an ABBA album, much of what we love about that formula is clearly in evidence.
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