Something's Going On (Rm) Original recording remastered
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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.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.Read more ›
Her dynamic range is amazing-- her songs are both beautiful and angst-filled; both charming and haunting; both gritty yet smooth. This Swedish siren combines the fury of Pat Benatar, the sultriness of Juice Newton, the plaintiveness of Bonnie Tyler, the 80's cuteness of Kylie Minogue, and the self-control of Laura Branigan... ALL IN ONE PACKAGE. A stunning album from a true queen of pop. This album helped get me through college, and almost nothing has come close to it since.
The song "Hot Shot City" is particularly good.
I was quite surprised by the entire album. I found that a few tracks were absolute gems & a lot of others were just fillers. I loved Threnody, To Turn The Stone & Here We'll Stay. The rest just didn't make it for me. I don't like saying so as I absolutely love ABBA. This was a real let down. Frida's next album-Shine was even worse. Stuart Adamson of -Big Country fame was the producer. This album was really uneven.
This 2015 version has the single versions of Frida's single from the album & a bonus disc of the videos. If you are a collector I suggest you get this. I believe this version has a limited run. Excellent for ABBA fans.
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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Wonderful Edition of this fantastic CD. With a Well designed booklet, a handwritten autograph of Frida and limited to 2000. A must for all Abba FansPublished 5 months ago by Ralf Napiwotzki
A very nice re-release of the album. I'm glad to have a copy of this limited edition.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Brilliant older collection of songs.. bit maudlin, nonetheless still sung so well with great lyrics accompanied by great musical score sheets. Read morePublished on Sept. 25 2012 by ab
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 morePublished on Dec 31 2005 by Alex Pass.
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
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
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 morePublished on March 28 2004