ABBA. Waterloo. Any connection? Well, it's a brilliant song for starters, and what an album. Eclectic as can be, polished as a tabletop- -and about as deep as a formica veneer. But the more I listen to this thing, the weirder it gets. Every track is a Big Production worthy of anything by Phil Specor sonically, if not musically. And the tunes. . .well, from the beginning ABBA was always about melody and even if some of these songs are not exactly High Art, every one of them has some melodic twist, some hook that grabs and never lets go. 'Sitting In The Palm Tree' may not be the only reggae song in the world to prominently feature a Mellotron, but it certainly is the only reggae song by a Swedish group that does, and that makes it A-OK in my book. 'Gonna Sing You My Love Song' might have bland and generic verses, but check out that absolutely gorgeous chorus. (And someone should ask Elvis Costello if he listened to 'Dance While The Music Still Goes On' while writing 'Oliver's Army', by the way.) But it's in the lyric department that ABBA never ceases to amaze. 'Waterloo' is a cutesy trope on well, Waterloo, but that's just (literally) the beginning. Just a couple of examples. . .'King Kong Song' is, astonishingly, a song about a guy inspired to write a song about a dance named after guess-who after seeing guess-who on TV, complete with shrieks of delight and terror from the female half of the band. Definitely one for the ages. And elsewhere, you gotta admit that there is something intriguing about a girl stunning a bunch of 'fellas' at a newsstand into silence by pointedly lecturing them about the nobility of Dr. Livingstone's explorations. I know I'd be stunned. But the absolute show-stopper is the final track (naturally), 'Suzy-Hang-Around'. It's about this 10-year-old boy and his friends who tell this 9-year-old girl to get off the playground and come back when she's 'grown'- -and that's it! So she goes; she cries to her Mom; Mom admonishes the boys and wonders aloud why they can't all 'play together in harmony'- -and when Mom leaves, they STILL insist that Suzy go!! No Cherry Hill Park, this playground! 'Get off our playground and stay away!' Then this 10-year-old kid grows up and writes a song about it- -and it's the very same guy who was watching TV one night and was inspired to write 'King Kong Song'!! So he forms ABBA with this girl and a couple of friends, and now they all sing and play together in glorious harmony! Thanks, Mom! Nowhere but ABBAland!