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Backtracking: Beyond ABBA's guilty pleasure

March 24, 2009 |  8:43 am

Did ABBA ever make a bad record? For fans of the Swedish group's nearly two dozen U.S. hits, including ear candy like "Dancing Queen" and "Mamma Mia," it's probably hard to imagine anything not being close to irresistible.

Sure enough: a new, nine-disc retrospective from Polar Music lets us hear 90 ABBA recordings and almost 80 have at least some trace of the group's trademark effervescence. That's a success ratio level that few musicians can match.

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