ABBA are back with their first album in 40 years, but what’s the verdict?

Anni-Frid “Frida” Lyngstad, Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Fältskog reunited this year after going their different methods 1982. “ABBA: Voyage,” their brand-new album launched Friday, includes 10 tracks and is their very first given that “The Visitors” in 1981.

For lots of fans, it’s safe to state lack does makes the heart grow fonder.

“It’s ARRIVED with only 40 years delayed,” one fan tweeted, while another stated: “HAPPY VOYAGE DAY!!!”

ABBA members (L-R) Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Fältskog and Björn Ulvaeus pose after winning the Swedish round of the Eurovision Song Contest with their song "Waterloo" in Stockholm in 1974.

Another analyst composed: “It’s no pop classic, but it has some beautiful ABBA flourishes. The voices are just beautiful – Benny & Björn have deliberately avoided using modern overly produced vocals, but some of the lyrics are twee. However, it’s polished, inoffensive and a grower. A fitting final farewell.”

Another fan included on Twitter: “The most remarkable thing about Voyage is that it’s new ABBA that’s still perfectly ABBA after all these years, but you haven’t heard it a thousand times yet.”

Amongst music critics, nevertheless, viewpoint was more divided.

Granting the record 5 star, the UK’s The Independent explained the task as “a triumphant album awash with ABBA’s gung-ho uncoolness” that “delivers all the classic ABBA flavours.”
According to Pitchfork’s Ben Cardew, the album falls “between the lure of nostalgia and the pull of the present day.”
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He composed: “Voyage is the rare post-reformation album to build upon the band’s legacy without abandoning what we loved about their classic records in the first place. That makes Voyage a surprisingly necessary trip into the present from a band who could have coasted on the warm fumes of adulation ad infinitum.”

Composing for the UK’s Telegraph, Neil McCormick stated “ABBA: Voyage” was a “gentle OAP cruise around the backwaters of ABBA’s reputation.”

He included that while Fältskog and Lyngstad “can still hold a tune,” Andersson and Ulvaeus “have not lost their ability to craft a flowing melody adorned with glittering hooks.”

However in a two-star evaluation headlined “No thank you for the music,” the Guardian’s Jude Rogers explained ABBA’s ninth album as a “disappointment” that “prefers to languish in often bafflingly retrograde settings.”

“Rather than reflecting poignantly on the past, much of the rest of Voyage feels terminally stuck there,” she composed, prior to branding “Little Things”, a Christmas tune, a “big crime against sense, sentimentality and sequencing.”

The Sydney Early morning Herald’s Barry Divola was likewise ruthless in his evaluation, composing: “The bad news is that there’s a bunch of utter schlock here,” and offering the album 2.5 stars.
Wanderer’s Rob Sheffield, on the other hand, stated: “This album would be a one-of-a-kind historic event even if the songs blew — but it’s vintage ABBA, on par with their classic 1970s run. It evokes the days when the Norse gods ruled the radio, combining two of the Seventies’ hottest trends: heartbreak and sequin-studded pantsuits.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.