A recent article review of Cher's Album of ABBA Covers,
I have to admit that I agree totally, with what they are saying
'A whole lot of covers, not enough innovation"
Dancing Queen leaves you wishing that Cher had come up with her own music instead of revisiting these familiar, beloved classics;
Album: Dancing Queen**
Have you ever wanted to hear Cher do ABBA karaoke? Then you’re in luck, because the singer has released not a single, not an EP, but an entire darn album of ABBA covers. Unimaginative, uninventive ABBA covers. Naturally her fans will love every minute of it.
Musical projects don’t get any lazier than Dancing Queen. The American singer has delivered faithful renditions of 10 of the Swedish group’s best-known songs without employing any imagination or creativity in the process. The arrangements remain more or less the same for much of the record. Just replace Agnetha and Frida’s sweet, sugary harmonies with Cher’s deep, gravelly voice and that’s about it.
Effort hasn’t even gone into the song selection. The singer didn’t dig into the ABBA vaults to rediscover some forgotten gems and then reinterpret them.
No, These are the Scandinavian group’s biggest hits – ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)’, ‘SOS’, ‘Waterloo’, ‘Mamma Mia’ – the ones you’ve heard countless times before and that have been re-sung by just about every other pop artist on the planet already. Heck, we just got a whole album worth of these covers mere months ago in the form of the (marginally more enjoyable) soundtrack to the film Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (Cher’s pointless appearance in which led to this pointless set).
Dancing Queen basically just leaves you wishing that Cher – who has an impressive back catalogue of original songs that are much better suited to her voice – had come up with her own music instead of revisiting these familiar, beloved classics. There are moments on this record where Cher’s vocals do work well with the tracks, particularly on the more poignant songs like ‘One of Us’ which she imbues with tender heartache.
But the fact that her delivery simply doesn’t improve on the pop perfection that is the original material clearly doesn’t seem to matter to anyone involved with this project.
But this is Cher and she is an icon and she can do whatever she wants and her ardent admirers will still love it, no matter how uninspired it may be. So yes, they will love Dancing Queen too. Recommended to fans of campy nostalgia, excessive use of vocoders, and utter pointlessness.
Highlights: ‘One of Us..
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