ABBA star Anni-Frid Lyngstad lashes out at Voyage critics – I dont care!

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Earlier this year ABBA released their ninth studio album, Voyage, much to the delight of their fans. The record is the first album they have released in 40 years, following their 1981 venture The Visitors. Voyage marks a triumphant comeback for the Swedish band, and although their dedicated listeners were excited to see how the record shaped up, the reviews were not very favourable.

This morning Anni-Frid spoke candidly with Zoe on BBC Radio 2 about the legacy of ABBA, and how she would want to be remembered.

She mused: “I want the band to be remembered like a band who made people feel something in their hearts when they listen to our music.

“I want to be remembered as a member of a band who gave them comfort, who gave them happiness. We were there for them we did it for them – and for ourselves also, of course.”

Anni-Frid could not resist hitting out at some of the critics who branded her new album “naff”. 

Anni-Frid continued: “I’m so happy that people are touched by what we do – apart from some very sour critics – but we don’t care about them!”

Zoe laughed: “No we don’t care about them!”

The album did receive a number of negative reviews, including one from The i, where critic Kate Solomon awarded it two stars.

She wrote: “There’s a sort of Sound of Music feel to the whole endeavour; a slightly daggy, overly sentimental attempt at recapturing something that had already been lost.”

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The Guardian’s Jude Rogers also slammed the record, saying: “Rather than reflecting poignantly on the past, much of the rest of Voyage feels terminally stuck there. [Songwriter Björn Ulvaeus] recently said these songs were written ‘absolutely trend-blind’. It shows.

“Including tracks such as the rejected 1978 single Just a Notion (a reminder of early, jangly Abba glam, but nothing more) and Bumblebee (a naive attempt to say something universal about climate change) makes you doubt their quality control.”

Despite these criticisms, ABBA are going on a virtual tour in the coming months in the form of their Abbatars.

These virtual projections of the band will materialise in front of their fans live as their 20-something-year-old selves. 

Anni-Frid was quizzed by Zoe on what this bold new live show would look like – but she wouldn’t answer.

The 75-year-old replied: “I actually wouldn’t like to talk about that, Zoe, because [fans] have to go there and see for themselves.

“It’s quite difficult to explain what it is, so, I mean they just have to keep their eyes and ears and minds open and take it in.”

She laughed: “And I’m sure we will have a lot of comments about that when it happens!”

ABBA will be “going” on tour as their Abbatars beginning in May 2022.

The band’s residency slots will consist of around 30 gigs each month, from May to September 2022.

Every performance will be held in a custom-built arena erected at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, England.

Tickets for the ABBA Voyage tour are on sale now.

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