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Single Of The Week13/11/96

Single Of The Week is where I review a single I'm particularly enamoured of at the moment. It might be a brand spanking new release, or a classic from decades past that I just feel like going on about.

AVEN EN BLOMMA
Frida
SON 2

It's been well over ten years since Frida last released a proper solo single, so I have to be forgiven that I didn't rush out and buy it the second it was released (I could point out that I've been overworked at this point, but that might labour the theme). If your reaction to this statement is "Who's Frida?", you're probably at the wrong address, thanks for dropping by. If on the other hand, you dimly recall Frida's 1982 solo smash 'I Know There's Something Going On', it's worth mentioning that there was a followup album in 1984, Shine, from which emerged two relatively unsuccessful singles, 'Shine' and 'Heart Of The Country'. With the exception of the odd duet and a charity B-side rendition of Julian Lennon's 'Saltwater', Frida has been virtually invisible in recording terms since, devoting her time to environmental charities and getting married again.

All that has changed, though, with the release of this song, written and produced by Anders Glenmark (a star in Sweden in his own right and a former alumni of Gemini, the band produced by Bjorn and Benny after ABBA broke up). The title translates roughly as 'Yet Another Flower', but the actual track is somewhat rockier than that might suggest. It's almost, dare I say it, how I imagine ABBA might sound now, if they'd ever recorded more than a handful of tracks in Swedish. 'I Know . . .' notwithstanding, it's probably the best thing she's ever done, and I don't even understand a word she's saying. The second track on the CD is a dance remix, which is tolerable, but not up to the standards of the single itself. Now I'm hanging out for my copy of the album, Djupa Andetag. I could go on, but my enthusiasm for this record defies my descriptive abilities.


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