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Abbacadabra specialise in...guess what? Cliff Richard covers. No, don't be silly! Abba covers of course and here is a new album, brought to you off the back of the successful film 'Mamma Mia.' There are two CDs here crammed to the hilt with Abba cover versions. The first disc has fifteen songs and the second disc has a grandiose twenty track megamix.
Up first is a PWL remix of 'Dancing Queen' which has that air of Steps about it. The vocals are fine and the backing track sounds like it has been knocked up in about an hour, but you cannot disguise the fact that is is all rather good fun, despite some hideous drum rolls.
The lesser known 'Eagle' is a good touch, I was not familiar with this song before and there are some interesting etheral noises in here. The chorus is rousing and uplifting, though the production sounds shoddy and again the drum loops sound painful. Heading to 'Knowing Me Knowing You' which is one of my Abba faves. The vocals have splendid harmonies here which echo Agnetha and Frida well and the synth work recaptures some of the former glory. It goes a little limp when the chorus arrives, save for some sparkly synths, not a bad effort all around though.
'Fernando' does not transalte as well into a dance track and there is a ghastly whistling section which will send shivers down the spine. I did not feel this one, although the female vocalists delivered a a good turn. We hit 'Lay All Your Love On Me' which is more successful thanks to some zestful synths which are alert and catchy. The song builds well, thanks to some neat synth pads underneath and the lapse into the chorus is effective.
'One Of Us' is wisely given a down tempo remix, that kind of end of night slow dance song. It is quite cheesy, but I am relieved they didn't try and make it trancey as it just would not have worked.
The megamix takes the same material as the first disc and blends it all together. What you get here are some amicable covers, a handful of questionables and a good bit of party fun for your six quid.