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Faltskog, Agnetha - 1983 Wrap Your Arms Around Me



ARTIST: Faltskog, Agnetha
ALBUM: Wrap Your Arms Around Me
LABEL: Polar
SERIAL: 813 242-2
YEAR: 1983
CD REISSUE: 2005, Polar, 9868769, with bonus tracks

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Agnetha Faltskog - lead vocals * Lasse Wellander - guitars * Rutger Gunnarsson - bass * Peter Ljung - piano, organ, synthesizers * Per Lundvall - drums * Ake Sundqvist - percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Heat Is On * 02 Can't Shake Loose * 03 Shame * 04 Stay * 05 Once Burnedm Twice Shy * 06 Mr Persuasion * 07 Wrap Your Arms Around Me * 08 To Love * 09 I Wish Tonight Could Last Forever * 10 Man * 11 Take Good Care Of Your Children * 12 Stand By My Side

WEBLINKS: www.agnetha.net


Background
Yes, she's fully dressed but something about this cover photo and inside sleeve with Agnetha peering behind a black nylon curtain just exudes naughtiness. The finger in the mouth, bedroom eyes, fuzzy sweater - all the above really but hey, it's all about the music lol! Anyway, Agnetha Faltskog was of course one quarter of ABBA - Sweden's biggest band and one of the most popular music outfits in the world, yet many would be surprised to find she had a recording career dating back to 1968 with a modicum of success. Of course all of her work was sung in her native Swedish and little of it will have appeal for GD readers, yet the music did have a certain 'Folkie' charm especially for this reviewer of Scandinavian descent. Following a stint in the Swedish production of 'Jesus Christ Superstar' Agnetha made the wise decision to join ABBA in 1972 and the rest is history, yet despite their enormous success ABBA broke up in 1982 following their excellent 'The Visitors' album and Faltskog picked up where she left off, releasing a trio of solo albums of which 'Wrap Your Arms Around Me' is her best.


The Songs
Produced by glam rock guru Mike Chapman 'The Heat Is On' opens the album perfectly with an upbeat pop track recalling the best of her work with ABBA and even a little Kate Bush thrown in to spice things up. 'Can't Shake Loose', with its deadly hook was a major hit single on both sides of the ocean still sounds as fresh as the day it was released and it's easily one of the better pure pop singles of the early 80's. The remaining album is just as satisfying with killer tracks like 'Shame' and 'Once Burned, Twice Shy' to the Russ Ballard penned pop confectionery of 'I Wish Tonight Could Last Forever' this is a pop album with staying power that gets better with each listen and again not only is it Faltskog's tour-de-force but without a doubt the finest of all the ABBA solos.


In Summary
Although the Eric Stewart (10cc) produced 'Eyes Of A Woman' followed with a couple of minor hits and 1987's 'I Stand Alone' album did fairly well in Europe, Faltskog disappeared from the music scene only to make a comeback in 2004 with the critically acclaimed 'My Colouring Book' CD. I have yet to hear it myself, but here's hoping Faltskog stays out of her self imposed exile and back to what she does best - making great music.


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#1 | jefflynnefan on June 24 2008 02:53:26
I think Agnetha defined how us Americans think Swedish girls look like! I must admit that I've never heard this one. On her 'Eyes' album she does the Jeff Lynne penned song 'One Way Love'. She asked Roy Wood to write her a song as well but it didn't make the album.
#2 | englandashes on September 25 2012 20:46:37
Flicking through the wife's singles, which hasn't been played for at least 25 years, and found 'Can't Shake Loose', excellent aor tune, worth listening too!
#3 | Explorer on December 02 2014 20:39:28
Digging through the GD archives and was very pleased to see this album reviewed, a cracking piece of pop/rock from Agnetha, definitely the best solo album to come from her.
 
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