August 06, 1979 12:00 PM

Abba

Although it’s one of the most commercial groups in the world (some 100 million records sold), the Swedish quartet often sounds as exciting as a plate of warmed-over meatballs. This, its sixth LP distributed here, is typical. The lyrics, in English as always, should bore any but the most jelly-brained (“If you can see the wonder of a fairy tale, you can take the future even if you fail”). The love themes are threadbare, and the soft rock and disco (called “Euro-pop” by the trade) sound like vaguely hip Muzak. The slick production only adds to a feeling of calculated commercialism, further supported by an enclosed flyer offering Abba hats, watches, T-shirts, Windbreakers, bracelets and a “disco visor.”

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