Already after a few bars of A, the new album by Agnetha Fältskog, it comes about a: this feeling of familiarity. This Aha, this recognition is there automatically as soon as it begins to sing the first lines of the first single "The One Who Loves You Now" (release 11.3.). It is a voice that has thrilled and over years accompanied the millions of people away, at the same time a voice last nine years ago with the album My Colouring Book was at the top chart to hear, but, as already this first song proves still so unique and moving sound as ever. Here they are again, the crystal-clear, precisely articulated words, this vulnerability and this feeling that Agnetha with every line, every word responds every one of us.
Certainly, there was in the past quite a few singers whose voices have suffered from aging. Not so, however, with Agnetha - which proves a very simple experiment: Take a) one of their very early solo hits, b) an ABBA classics and c) then one of these brand new tracks and play them one after the other: And now please alone the sound of the voice mooring the year ... exactly, that's not actually. No chance.
When asked, however, Agnetha after her voice and how they felt so, as she went last year for the first time together with the producers Jörgen Elofsson and Peter Nordahl into the studio, so it has a surprising answer: "The album as such made me not worry, "she says in a suite at the Stockholm Grand Hotel," but my voice quite contrast. I had so long sung, and therefore I probably have thought: 'What am I doing when it no longer is now suddenly there' "
Of course, she was still there, only should the Agnetha not deter harboring some doubts about her voice, and Ever towards this return to that world, they nevertheless actually 1988 with their album I Stand Alone had more or less consistently turned their backs. "The door was still open a crack," she explains further, "but I went back then rather not believe that I was still more shots would make. Now almost 10 years again since my last album, and I have almost 25 since I last sung new songs. Even the last album I thought that then determines my last would be. And after it was in the box, I honestly over the whole matter not thought so often must. In my life indeed happen quite different things, I have my children, my grandchildren, I have two dogs and a large country house. I live there my very own life. "
Your home, which you mean extremely much and where she spends as much time as possible is located on an island west of Stockholm - and na clear that many will understand can, that after so many years in the public eye for something more Privacy longs. However, there were always already other voices: Quasi since the moment when ABBA 1982 parted, were set up by the international press countless theses and assertions and disseminated much ugly over that life of this woman with ABBA and the Euro Visions victory: in 1974 with "Waterloo" had stepped into the limelight: "A recluse" she was; "She has locked itself."
"Yes, you gave me the most outrageous rumored" says Agnetha, "but there was of course nothing on it: Instead, I'm probably more down to earth. I then made the decision to buy me this house in the countryside, because I wanted to be myself away from all that and easy. A normal person. I enjoy already, time to go to the city, in the evening to enjoy there time, but I enjoy it just as well to return and wake up in nature the next morning. And Ever All artists are as different from what the terms: some are full on glamor, and I like that, too - for a night in between. But nowadays everything has become so loud and hectic, and where I live, it is compared so incredibly much quieter. When I visit, then ask the people in the rule first: 'Wow, that's quiet here - too quiet!' I love that."
In this idyllic tranquility occurred a half years ago the producer Jörgen and Peter, who had been in contact via a mutual acquaintance with Agnetha. Although Agnetha says it is not so direct, you realize you on but that Jörgen who is known for his work with mega stars like Britney, Kelly Clarkson and Westlife, they had more than one time coaxing, until it came to the shoot , After all, they had made the decision to take no more microphone in hand. So why should it be still a difference think? "This was also a good friend of mine that has brought all this ball rolling," says Agnetha. "They called and told me about it, that Jörgen Elofsson and Peter Nordahl me happy would play for even a few of her compositions. So they came around and played me three pieces, and I just thought: 'For heaven's sake, do I have to tell everybody.' It felt like exactly the right kind of challenge "and their family and friends, had a. say in the matter as to decide? "Well, I asked my daughter: 'What do you mean? Should I go along ', and she replied:'? That you should definitely really good think. Finally, all that could be characterized to start again. 'The recording sessions were beautiful, but you have to just be aware that these recordings can draw later consequences. "
Said "consequences" had been fame and fortune ever in Agnetha life, but also had had their price. And have him still: Even today, more than three decades later, the plates of ABBA year sale fOr year millions - and the whole "Mamma Mia!" - Phenomenon has no end. "This never ends," says Agnetha. "And on the contrary, it is even more all over again: It is discovered by the next generation, then comes a new musical, a new movie, and so on and so forth. And of course I'm very, very proud of what we have achieved since. We have all taken very seriously at the time, and the quality of music has fascinated people even today. "
The recording sessions that Agnetha has so much enjoyed, brought a total of ten brand new songs produced - including the duet "I Should've Followed You Home", recorded with Gary Barlow, and the beautifully-sincere "I Keep Them On The Floor Beside My Bed ", which Agnetha has co-authored at home in the country itself as a co-author.
Your comment about working with Gary meets it very well: "I would say that our voices really good match." In fact, the two sound like made for each other. In addition, the creative work awakened an old fire in you - after all one must not forget that their compositions were represented by ABBA at the top of the Swedish charts before the time. "Jörgen arrived again and said, 'You just have a song for this album write yourself'" she recalls. "I had written for so long no longer song. But then I sat at the piano and suddenly he was there. "So how old habits can be hard to take? "Just like that. A friend of mine once said that very nicely: 'There's almost in your bones. In thee there. Even if you tired and at the end are: if you wish to make use of it, everything is back ' ".
Other highlights of A are as also the thoughtful sounding "bubble" that brings Agnetha attitude towards glamor and limelight very good to the point, the catchy disco number "Dance Your Pain Away", the crystal-clear pop of "Back On Your Radio", the grandiose first single " the One who Loves You Now "and last but not least supported by the piano piece" Past Forever "with its chorus, which in a sense contains Agnetha Philosophy of life: "What can not be broken: the kind of love that lasts". Celebrity comes and goes, only the love that remains. "You can glory even not escape, but he has nothing to do with the actual life. I almost never see as the great singer - or as a world-famous artist. I am thinking not turn. But then when the time comes to singing, then I focus on - and then everything is back ".
You have to thank that they have "everything" reminds us of this Jörgen and Peter for: it is actually still just because, as it was then, as always.
The new album by Agnetha proves especially that one of the greatest voices in pop history it still manages to knock a. And so the journey will now therefore continue Concerning this woman with the distinctive voice that is written with FIVE their first songs and a little later harpsichord played in church to land with 18 her first # 1 single - and then with ABBA the to conquer whole world. It goes further, however, they are now the tone and the pace.
Agnetha know that life has to offer some lessons: However, it is crucial to heed also to adhere to it.
She was long gone, and now she is back with new songs that sound timeless, sung by a voice that seems even the ravages of time to have nothing. We have missed them, that voice - Welcome back!
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