ABBA – Gold
CD Album, US
ABBA is always fascinating because on the surface they're pure kitsch, but if you really listen to their music and words, there is a darkness that leaks out of the glitter. Over-the-top arrangements that seemed to be full of sugar, is actually quite spicy. “The Winner Takes It All,” “Fernando,” and “Knowing Me, Knowing You” has the tinge of darkness that makes one take a pause. So things don't seem to be a technicolor brilliance, but there is a sadness in their music that makes it into a hard grey color.
Gold is the ultimate greatest hits package from these two (at the time) married couples. One wonders if they see it as a memoir of sorts, or is it just song-writing done on a very professional manner. I suspect a bit of both.