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Have your say: Is Abba’s time past?

Is a comeback really necessary or wanted? Share your thoughts - we share ours as well.

After decades of public clamour for a reunion, the wildly popular ’70s Swedish group Abba has come together to record two new songs. But has their time passed?

YES.

 
Jennifer Chen
Editor
Abba embodies a certain epoch, and is attached to certain memories. (Its last album was 37 years ago.) It shone bright, but the world has moved on.
Denise Kok
Features Editor

According to digital music streaming service Spotify, over 5.6 million listeners played at least one Abba tune in the past month. Compare that to the audience of rapper Kendrick Lamar – with a newly minted Pulitzer prize in tow – who holds court with over 35 million listeners. If the numbers are anything to go by, perhaps Abba should best be left as a neat palindrome.

 

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NOPE.

I love songs that are little stories and Abba’s pop universe is always heartfelt; sometimes cheesy, no doubt, but also inspirational, rousing and personal (with themes such as divorce) – and still catchy. I am disappointed by the trite and banal lyrics of today’s pop tunes.

Adeline Wong
Sub-Editor

Many will say the songs are a cash grab. Sure they are. And you know what? I’ll pay. Someone needs to show these new-age songwriters up.

 
Liao Xiangjun
Features Writer

The Swedish quartet’s aggressively jolly, super-catchy hits are a staple at karaoke sessions with my mum, and there are only so many times we can sing/screech along to Waterloo, Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen, etc. I look forward to adding their two new ditties to our repertoire.

 
Lynette Koh
Watches & Fashion Editor