Friday, May 30, 2014

"When It's All Said and Done" by ABBA

Song#:  0866
Date:  01/09/1982
Debut:  87
Peak:  27
Weeks:  14
Genre:  Pop, Adult Contemporary

Welcome to 1982!

Pop Bits:  As the 80s started, one of ABBA's power couples had divorced. The event inspired one of the group's biggest US hits with 1980's "The Winner Takes It All" (#8). The other couple followed suit the next year with their break-up being captured in this song from their final studio album as a group, "The Visitors." The LP was a more mature effort with darker subjects being set against their brand of pop. This single didn't click with listeners as well as their previous hit and it petered out just inside the Top 30. Fittingly, it became their final Top 40 hit. It was also their final AC Top 10 reaching #10.

ReduxReview:  Although a good song and a nice addition to their catalog, it's not one of ABBA's most memorable singles. I do think it was a better single choice for the US over the mid-tempo "One of Us" (see below), but the song was just not as immediately catchy as previous hits.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  For most of the world, the first single from "The Visitors" was "One of Us." That song hit #1 in several countries and #3 in the UK (their last Top 10 their). However, not all countries wanted to lead with that single and in a few places like the US, "When It's All Said and Done" was chosen as the first single. "One of Us" did finally get a US release as the album's third single, but it failed to chart.


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