"This is it": ABBA confirm they won't be making any more music together after their first album in nearly four decades


 "This is it": ABBA confirm they won't be making any more music together after their first album in nearly four decades

Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Fältskog and Björn Ulvaeus (ABBA), after winning the XIX Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton (United Kingdom), with their song 'Waterloo'.

This time yes, the separation of ABBA will be definitive. On the verge of releasing his first album after almost four decades of silence (Voyage, announced for November 5), and with three songs from it already published (the new ones I Still Have Faith in You and Don't Shut Me Down , and the one composed in 1979 Just a Notion ), Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, the legendary components of the famous Swedish group, will never record together again.

That is, at least, what Andersson (74) has confirmed to The Guardian, in an extensive report on the meeting of the quartet published this Wednesday by the British newspaper: "This is it," he says. "It has to be. I never really got around to saying 'this is it' in 1982 [the year the group first broke up]. I never really got around to telling myself that ABBA was never coming back. But now I can. say it: this is all," he adds.

"Yes...", corroborates Ulvaeus, in the same interview.

In just over a decade of activity -from 1971 to 1982-, ABBA composed more than 100 songs that have become timeless hits, from Waterloo, with which they won the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest , to Mamma Mia, which gives its name to the famous musical inspired by his discography, including Dancing Queen, Knowing Me Knowing You, Take a Chance on Me, Super Trouper, The Winner Takes It All, Money Money Money, SOS, Chiquitita, Fernando, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight), Thank You for the Music...

Their return 39 years after they released  The Visitors,  their eighth and so far last studio album. generated, as expected,  a huge expectation , even though Anderson himself has confessed that he does not quite understand the reason for his enormous success, and that he does not know if the new album, with 10 new songs, will shine as his classics did . He has said, yes, that he feels "very proud" of the new compositions.

A long-awaited return, in any case, could not remain a simple studio album, so the Swedes also proposed a high-tech holographic show, with Lyngstad, Fältskog, Ulvaeus and Andersson wearing a suit and a helmet (the outfits dubbed the "Abbatars") that allowed their every move to be monitored, with the goal of creating a groundbreaking 22-hour-and-a-half-long "greatest hits" concert.