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Something's Going On (Rm) [Original recording remastered]

Frida Audio CD
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Frida mostly sang backup harmonies behind Agnetha in Abba: she was the group's dark side. Her clear, clean voice was fine in itself, though limited--and shorn of the songwriting team of Björn and Benny, its limits are most apparent. Something's Going On is a dreadful signifier of its time: all early-'80s, bad new-wave production and quirky drum fills, courtesy of producer Phil Collins. Other than the Russ Ballard-penned title track (which at least has a decent tune) and Rod Argent's reflective, rather sweet "Baby Don't You Cry No More," there's little of merit on Anni-Frid's first post-Abba solo album. To hear her so badly supported just makes one yearn for Abba's glory moments all the more. --Everett True

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Frida's first English-language solo album was the Phil Collins-produced Something's Going On, released in 1982. Something's Going On reached number one on the album charts in Sweden, Norway and Belgium, the Top Ten in Australia and several European countries, and the Top 20 in Germany, Italy and Great Britain. The bonus tracks on Something's Going On are the single edit of the international hit 'I Know There's Something Going On' and Frida's solo version of 'Here We'll Stay', originally issued as a 1983 single (the album version of the song is a duet with Phil Collins). The solo version of 'Here We'll Stay' has never been released on CD before. Universal. 2005.

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3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars - Not bad Nov. 13 2003
Format:Audio CD
Something's Going On (1982.) A solo album by ex-ABBA member Frida.
In 1982, ABBA member Frida released a solo album entitled Something's Going On. Though ABBA was a bright and happy group, Frida was their darker side, and she was often overshadowed by the band's more popular female vocalist. Finally, she'd have her OWN album - no one would be stealing the show from her here. Well, almost no one. Perhaps the true attraction of this album is who she chose to play percussion - legendary Genesis drummer/vocalist Phil Collins! He had just released In The Air Tonight the previous year, which would go on to be his biggest solo hit - meaning when he played on this album, he was in his prime. All right, enough introductions. Read on for my review of Something's Going On.
Tell Me It's Over - The album is kicked off with a classic, lighter pop tune. Despite Frida having been ABBA's darker side, she pulls this tune off well.
I See Red - This is the slower and darker side of pop music - the side I (and whoever wrote Amazon's editorial review for the item) felt Frida stood for. Good song.
I Got Something - Here the group does an interesting experiment - this is another poppy tune - but it fuses the stylings of the two previous tracks. Not a bad idea!
Strangers - This is a slower, pop-oriented ballad using acoustic guitars. Though I tend to lean more toward songs that uses electric guitars, this is nothing short of excellent.
To Turn The Stone - Another slow track here. This is also another excellent ones - proving that sometimes slow tracks are best.
I Know There's Something Going On - Frida's biggest hit as a solo artist. Here Phil does backing vocals in addition to his drumming duties, and he becomes the stand-out member of the group for this song.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A powerhouse of an album! Nov. 9 2003
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I was 9 years old when I first got this album back in '83, and being a huge ABBA-fan, I was shocked by the rocky sound because it was so different from what I had expected. It took me quite a few years to learn to appreciate this album but now I must say that this is a very intriguing album and arguably the most interesting solo project of those released by Agnetha and Frida. Recorded just after her painful divorce from Benny, this album shows both the strong, powerful side of Frida on the uptempo cuts, Tell Me It's Over, I Got Something, I See Red and the excellent title track - Frida's voice cuts like a knife - and the vulnerable side on the superb low-key tracks Strangers, Threnody and her compelling rendition of Phil Collins' You Know What I Mean. These are simply excellent. I also like the jazzy Baby Don't You Cry No More a lot. Whereas the Bryan Ferry-penned The Way You Do is a bit indifferent, the mysterious To Turn The Stone - originally recorded by Donna Summer for an unreleased 1981 2LP set I'm A Rainbow - is a favourite of many fans (it was Frida's favourite too) and was also issued as the second single. It is surely beautifully sung but the music is perhaps a bit over-arranged on this one. The third single was the closing track Here We'll Stay which fails to come off as happy as intended, arguably because combination of a chorus with joyous lyrics and a melody in minor is a bit weird. But overall this is definitely a strong album by a strong woman and one of the most talented singers that I've ever heard.
PS! It is a MAJOR INSULT by the editorial reviewer to label Frida just a backing singer of ABBA just because she was featured on less singles than Agnetha. She did in fact sing a few more solo parts in ABBA than her blonde colleague.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very tidy first English effort from Frida Oct. 1 2001
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Being somewhat younger than most people (I was 6 when this was released!), I feel that I have a different perspective to offer than all the people who are caught up in the slagging matches on here.
Something's Going On is an imaginative album that has a very cohesive sound to it - while trying different flavours and styles both musically and vocally, it all comes together into a great sounding album.
The standout track is of course the lead single, I Know There's Something Going On - showing Frida is able to power out the vocals a la someone like Laura Branigan. The song is very rocky, and an extremely strong track (and a big hit all over the world).
The follow-up single To Turn The Stone would have been a huge hit if it was the third single (and if it had a video clip that cost more than $... - the single worst clip I've ever seen). It is a lovely Irish flavoured ballad that brings about imagery of Stonehenge. Very very well produced with a warm vocal from Frida.
Tell Me It's Over should have been the second single, as it's much more pop-rock in the vein of the first single - this song is more complex than you think, and is the vocal is stellar! Other standouts are the amazing I Got Something, the laid-back Baby Don't You Cry No More (where you could imagine the singer draped across a piano in a smoky bar), and Here We'll Stay.
Most people dislike Here We'll Stay because it seems rather trite nowadays (it was the third single incidentally, but without Phil Collins duetting). But if you listen to the music, you can hear that it's basically a pure pop song with many overdubs musically. A bit of horn and a bit of strings also makes it a little different. The only thing is that Frida is singing too low and Phil too high, a bit of a shame.
Overall, a charming album with Frida not afraid to show that she can be a rock girl, chanteuse, sensitive woman, and of course a pop girl. A good effort, and well worth listening to and keeping.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something's Going On CD
Brilliant older collection of songs.. bit maudlin, nonetheless still sung so well with great lyrics accompanied by great musical score sheets. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Andrew St Paul Butler
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD ALBUM
This is nothing like an Abba album, and a bit of a surprise, as Frida rocks on some of the songs. At first I was unsure whether to buy this, as solo albums are usually never as... Read more
Published on July 19 2007 by MusicMan
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful music!
The album "Something's Going On" is an extremely powerful album. Each song is unique in its own way, weather it be the great different music and beat each song has to... Read more
Published on Dec 31 2005 by Alex Pass.
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Second Fidlle
Second Fiddle?
I don't think so. If Mr. Everett had actually listened to even a few of ABBA's CDs he'd have noticed that Agnetha & Frida very often share leads on tracks. Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2004 by Richard A. Dasilva
5.0 out of 5 stars Something's Going On
Something's Going On~ Frida is a good debut solo album. Mr Collins did a good job and produced a very descent record with many fine tunes and lyrics.
Published on June 17 2004 by B. Viberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Frida is one foxy lady, and what a voice!
While i am not a huge ABBA fan, i will admit to liking some of thier songs. On e of those reasons is Frida. Read more
Published on March 28 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars ABBAs and oranges
Anyone comparing Frida's group work to her solo work is missing the point. While the Swedish superstars were undoubtedly the pop powerhouse of the 1970's, Frida's remarkable solo... Read more
Published on May 8 2002 by "sdomingo56"
4.0 out of 5 stars FRIDA BASHING NOT ALLOWED.
This is Frida solo. That means it isn't going to sound like ABBA. Obviously. Granted, some of the songs are awful, but some are quite good. Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2002 by J. Walters
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
I love this album.
My favorite song is threnody( when I heard REM they had a few songs very much alike this one)
FRida does have a great voice, I don't know how can they... Read more
Published on Dec 9 2001 by Manuel Munoz Reyes
5.0 out of 5 stars an auspicious (english) debut
to those unfamiliar with her catalog, this isn't her debut solo album. before abba, she has been a successful soloist in sweden with hit singles to her credit. Read more
Published on Nov. 6 2001 by James Tg Fuentes
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