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ABBA: New album on the way! (Well, sort of.)

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Ever since I saw 2008’s Mamma Mia! — an all-time great music movie, and I don’t care who disagrees — I’ve been wishing ABBA would reunite already and write some new tunes that were half as much fun as their old ones from the ’70s. Well, I might be waiting for a while on that one. But! At least I can look forward to the Benny Andersson Band‘s Story of a Heart, due March 2.

Benny Andersson, of course, is one of the original Bs in ABBA. The other B, Björn Ulvaeus, co-wrote every song on Story of a Heart with him. Think it’s a stretch to call this an ABBA reunion without their ex-wives Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Agnetha Fältskog? I admit their absence is a shame, but take a listen to the title track from Story of a Heart below and tell me that’s not the classic ABBA sound you’ve been missing. Make sure you stick around til the chorus kicks in around the 0:55 mark. There, now that sugary Scandinavian pop hook is going to be all up in your head for the rest of the day, like it is in mine.

Any other ABBA fans out there excited by this news? (Don’t be ashamed, you can admit it.) Am I kidding myself to think this is as close to a new ABBA album as we’re likely to get?

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