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Abba: Super Trouper (Atlantic SD 16023)

Steven X Rea, High Fidelity, February 1981

OF THE four things Sweden is most famous for — blondes, clogs, suicides and Abba — Abba is certainly the most curious. Curious because of its gargantuan success (whether or not, as their label claims, they are "the biggest-selling group in the world") and because, while it continues to dish up undeniably catchy singles like 'The Name of the Game', 'S.O.S.', etc., its albums are consistently little more than so much glossy pop mush.

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