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Old 14-05-2013, 00:01
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I've searched the forums and can't find a thread on this album and that has baffled me... I bought it at midnight on Sunday night/Monday morning (depending on how picky you are) and I've had it on repeat ever since. It's definitely a step up from her last album - which wasn't even that bad of a CD.

I've already got my favourites: Back On Your Radio, Dance Your Pain Away, I Should've Followed You Home, I Was A Flower, When You Really Loved Someone.

Has anyone else bought the album or given it a listen on Spotify? Any thoughts!

It's nice to see it doing well on Amazon/iTunes etc. Looks like it could be top 5/10 by Sunday!
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Old 14-05-2013, 00:33
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I'm surprised there isn't a thread on this too!

I downloaded 'When You Really Loved Someone' a couple of months ago and really loved it, and I got the album today, the first album in a while I've gone to the shop to get.

I really like this album, my favourites at this stage are 'The one who loves you now' and 'back on your radio' but the whole album sounds really good, I'm sure other tracks will make their impact on me soon.
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Old 14-05-2013, 00:44
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there was a thread when the single came out, but there wasn't a lot of interest. the album is quite good, much better than her 80s trilogy of uk flops, but not quite up there compared to her last album "my colouring book". there are some great tracks like the single, "dance the pain away" and "i was a flower", but there are some turkeys on there too.

so in conclusion for me, its her best english album of original material, but "my colouring book" still is her most consistent and strongest album.
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Old 14-05-2013, 00:50
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there are some great tracks like the single, "dance the pain away" and "i was a flower", but there are some turkeys on there too.
I liked 'My colouring Book' a lot as well, from what i remember there wasn't a whole lot of promotion for it, but I think she's been more proactive for this one.

Just out of interest, what tracks would you say are weak on 'A'?
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Old 14-05-2013, 00:57
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I liked 'My colouring Book' a lot as well, from what i remember there wasn't a whole lot of promotion for it, but I think she's been more proactive for this one.

Just out of interest, what tracks would you say are weak on 'A'?
she is promoting this album more, its a shame she didn't do more the last time around.

mainly the last two tracks, "back on the radio", "i keep them on the floor beside my bed" and i am not overly of "bubble" either. the album seems to fall at the last hurdle for me.
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Old 14-05-2013, 01:03
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she is promoting this album more, its a shame she didn't do more the last time around.

mainly the last two tracks, "back on the radio", "i keep them on the floor beside my bed" and i am not overly of "bubble" either. the album seems to fall at the last hurdle for me.
I'm not sure what I make of the last track either, it may grow on me in time.

But I'm mostly really happy just to have a new album from her and hear her voice is just as enjoyable to listen to as it ever was!
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Old 14-05-2013, 01:32
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I'm not sure what I make of the last track either, it may grow on me in time.

But I'm mostly really happy just to have a new album from her and hear her voice is just as enjoyable to listen to as it ever was!
yeah, the last track is possibly the worst, but the last three are disappointing for me.

my only criticism about the voice is the use of autotune in places. her voice was on top form on her last album and apparently she has had singing lessons again, but i can certainly hear autotune in places.
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Old 14-05-2013, 18:57
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I definitely think I Should've Followed You Home is the best thing she's recorded since The Winner Takes It All.
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Old 14-05-2013, 23:36
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I got the album today. I agree with the general consensus that the last three tracks are the weakest on the album. I really love "I Was A Flower". What beautiful vocals on there. And the instantly catchy "Dance The Pain Away" is really good. The Gary Barlow duet is one of her best recordings ever but for me, "What Now My Love" on her "My Colouring Book" album is the best song she has recorded post ABBA.

"A" though is a really good album and despite slight auto-tuning, suggests the old professionals are so much more enjoyable to listen to compared to youthful fly by nights!
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Old 14-05-2013, 23:57
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I got the album today. I agree with the general consensus that the last three tracks are the weakest on the album. I really love "I Was A Flower". What beautiful vocals on there. And the instantly catchy "Dance The Pain Away" is really good. The Gary Barlow duet is one of her best recordings ever but for me, "What Now My Love" on her "My Colouring Book" album is the best song she has recorded post ABBA.

"A" though is a really good album and despite slight auto-tuning, suggests the old professionals are so much more enjoyable to listen to compared to youthful fly by nights!
that is a very good cover version and it really does blow everything else she has recorded post abba completely out of the water.

it is good to hear her voice once again and there are some great tracks on the record, but "my colouring book" remains her best album for me.
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Old 15-05-2013, 00:54
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I liked 'Sometimes when I'm dreaming' off My Colouring Book, this thread has made me want to listen to that album all over again, just a shame I don't have it with me at uni
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Old 15-05-2013, 01:03
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I liked 'Sometimes when I'm dreaming' off My Colouring Book, this thread has made me want to listen to that album all over again, just a shame I don't have it with me at uni
i felt the same yesterday following this thread and couldn't be bothered to go through my boxes of cds. i headed over to youtube to hear the highlights once again.
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Old 15-05-2013, 15:02
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that is a very good cover version and it really does blow everything else she has recorded post abba completely out of the water.

it is good to hear her voice once again and there are some great tracks on the record, but "my colouring book" remains her best album for me.
Agnetha's voice is very under-rated. When she sings beautiful love songs, that's when her vocal strengths shine through. From her past albums the songs I like very much are "Wrap Your Arms Around Me", "The Angels Cry", "Maybe It Was Magic", and the entirety of My Colouring Book CD especially the afore mentioned "What Now My Love". I listened to Shirley Basseys version of "What Now My love" and I can honestly say that Agnetha's version is miles better. I do very often listen to that particular song over and over again. It is for me, that powerful.
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Old 15-05-2013, 17:16
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On the whole I really like the album, but there are a few things I'm not too sure about. Dance Your Pain Away to me feels almost as if it's wandered in from a different album entirely, it's not necessarily a bad track, although maybe a bit overly campy for me, it just doesn't seem to like, sit right amidst a lot of tasteful mid-tempos and ballads. I'm also not entirely sure how I feel about Back On Your Radio, its retro the point where it almost wouldn't feel out of place on something like a She & Him album. That being said, her voice sounds so incredible, and the first half of the album in particular is incredibly strong. When You Really Love Someone is possibly one of the strongest singles I've heard so far this year and I'm so surprised by the mixed reaction to the last track too, I think it's so stunning.

Either way it looks like it's performing respectably. It's #4 on the midweeks, and although it'll probably drop I guess sales don't particularly matter for an artist like Agnetha.
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Old 15-05-2013, 22:46
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I know it's a lot to ask for but I'd really love to see her and Gary perform it live on The X-Factor, actually I could faint just thinking about it.
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Old 27-05-2013, 18:33
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I see there's a documentary that agnetha has filmed for the bbc to be shown on June 11th at 10.35pm. Should be interesting although why its on so late I don't know
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Old 27-05-2013, 19:13
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I think the autotune was added in post production for effect, in an attempt to make the album sound more contemporary. A mistake imo. The tracks without, like When You Really Loved Someone, prove that she doesn't need it.
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