The 2016 ABBAforum Megarate - Rerun! Nov 4, 2019 1:11:30 GMT
Post by donald_quigley on Nov 4, 2019 1:11:30 GMT
Cerulean said:OMG, I couldn't disagree more with No. 95's assassination of The Winner Takes It All. What histrionics? Agnetha's actually very restrained (except when she hits the high notes). I'm allergic to schmaltz myself and this is anything but. It's actually rather touching and has a simple, beautiful, touching melody with achingly true to life lyrics which most people can identify with. Agnetha believes it to be a small masterpiece and I agree with her. The millions of fans (and non-ABBA fans) that love the song aren't all wrong. I like your posts a lot but this kind of thing baffles me, it doesn't seem real. I might diss a Van Gogh. Anyway, it's all good- we can't all agree all the time.
It's a very sad song and I like to hear my feelings echoed in art and music sometimes. A track like When All Is Said And Done is the other side of the coin but they're both valid, universal experiences. Many people HAVE experienced emotional desolation after a break up- this song simply expresses that. Most of us do pick ourselves up and 'move on'.
No.95 said:You've actually gone quite easy on me - I was quaking a bit after I submitted my marks when I read how you said you wouldn't be able to take seriously anyone who gave TWTIA a zero! As for the song itself, there's never been a time when I derived any pleasure or comfort from listening to it, or identified much with the way its sentiments are expressed; my dislike of it has never been replaced by or evolved into enjoyment or appreciation over the many years I've been subjected to it. And it really is everywhere; a few years ago, ABBA were represented on popular radio by a core of about five or six songs - Waterloo, MM, SOS, DQ, KMKY and TWTIA - but these days TWTIA seems to elbow the others out of the way most of the time, and we face the prospect of it winding up as their representative capsule pop statement. I had to make some small stand!
Cerulean said:Thanks for elaborating. I think I gave Intermezzo No. 1 a zero so I'm a bit of a hypocrite really. It's good to see I share some of my likes with others. If KMKY reaches the top spot, it'll be great as it's a cracking track. As I've said before I think, there are so many excellent ABBA songs that I feel quite a few deserve joint top billing. I wish The Visitors had reached top ten. Still, this is a bit of fun.
4. "SOS" from ABBA
"When you're gone, how can I even try to go on?"
average: 9.214286 points (highest score: 10 = Ginger Spice, Cerulean, Gary, Chelseacharger, Johnny, No.95, Smugasacat, TheDayBeforeYouCame, lowest score: 7 = Flitwick)
No.95 said, "Their first masterpiece. A pop song that hits harder than many rock songs; addictive as a whole, and with a chorus hook from the gods. After SOS only a fool could continue to dismiss ABBA as a novelty Eurovision flash-in-the-pan."