If It Wasn't For The Alumb
Rondall Banks | Toccoa, Georgia | 05/30/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Here she is again i'm glad that i have both alumbs I Stand Alone and Wrap Your Arms Around Me or else i wouldn't know what to say. She's great.
If you like ABBA, get it
mick williams | Hampton, VA United States | 08/02/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Not to say Agnetha doesn't have her own style, but coming so soon after the breakup, the album has its ABBA influence in the complex arrangements. Missing is the gloom that pervaded ABBA from "The Visitors" onward. The level of variety, as shown below, proves that Agnetha isn't just a ballad singer.
MR PERSUASION This happy little number has an infectious, roller coaster beat right out of the Supremes, even the sax. Unfortunately, Agnetha processes her way through the short two and a half minutes, giving too much away to the strong backing singers. With a little more bounce and flirtation, a remake of this would be a quite danceable concert song.
CAN'T SHAKE LOOSE One of those rare rockers from Agnetha, Frida would be perfectly at home here, though her alto contralto might be a little strident up in this range. It has the strong instrumentals ABBA used to be criticized for. Still, Agnetha holds her own in the soaring chorus.
STAY In her ABBA days, Agnetha would have been all about pain and regret in this ballad. Freed of all that, this song is all about dreamy yearning.
THE HEAT IS ON If Mr Persuasion lacked flirtation, this caribbean-inspired tune has it aplenty. On the line "temperature is rising to fever pitch", Agnetha does a seemingly octave-jumping leap to the word "pitch". Talk about a playful come on.
Having such a confident launch out of tha ABBA legacy, this may be Agnetha's best effort."
Wrap Your Arms Around Me
Bjorn Viberg | European Union | 11/24/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Wrap Your Arms Around Me was recorded and produced after her breakup with Abba around 82/83 and is her first post ABBA solo album. The best tracks on this release are "The Heat is On" and "Can't Shake Loose". The sound is very similair to what early 80's popmusic sounded like. The photographs also breath an air of the early 80's with big hair and fashion that was typical for that era. Allmusic gave this album 4/5 and I do the same. 4/5."