Two songs that were inspired by the laid back Eagles/Fleetwood Mac sound were "Eagle" and "The Name Of The Game." The former, a number with a slow but steady beat, is overlaid with the signature sound of synths and guitar, and the fluttery synths that A Flock Of Seagulls would use in the intro of "I Ran." The other was another UK #1, but despite the jangling guitars and horns, ABBA seems miscast appropriating that sound.
However, the best song by far is the catchy danceable UK #1/US #3 hit "Take A Chance On Me," with its rapid-sung "take a chance chance" by the men, where I detect feel the "t-k-ch" beat that Bjorn originally got in his head when jogging.
Parts of the ballad "One Man, One Woman" is Eagles-ish, until the synths and the twin harmonies of Agnetha and Frida come in for the chorus. I wonder if this song of a love falling apart but with the assurance that they'll make it through the hard times may have been an indication that the hectic schedule ABBA went through was taking its toll on Bjorn and Agnetha, who would be divorced with the next album, Voulez-Vous.
The country-ish "Move On," featuring a flute, is a nod to experiencing life, going through its journey and moving on to the next experience.
ABBA had made a mini-musical titled "The Girl With The Golden Hair" consisting of a few songs. One of those songs, "Hole In Your Soul," left the musical, and its slamming frantic rocking Elton John sound, kind of like "The B-tch Is Back," doesn't fit the musical's sound. One of the better tracks here.
Two versions of "Thank You For The Music" are on here--a more contemporary arrangement, for the Golden Hair musical, and another where Agnetha based on vocal style on Doris Day. In this song, the title girl reveals that she's a born star and seeks to share her gifts with the rest of the world by being a star. With the ballad "I Wonder," she actually leaves her town, only to be trapped in stardom in the frantic swirling orchestra of "I'm A Marionette."
ABBA slightly falters with this selection, as the US sound doesn't suit them too well, but it did them good in the US, as it sold very well there. As a result, the album is merely good, not great. Rank this slightly above Waterloo and below Voulez-Vous.