Following its release in the US, Dancing Queen had the best debut sales week of any album of Cher‘s career, which is incredible considering she’s one of the longest-running recording artists still releasing music today (53 years and counting). With classics from every decade from the 60s to today, it’s interesting to see her record an album of covers by Swedish supergroup ABBA, who emerged in the mid-70s and disbanded in 1982. Both have had a remarkable impact on music and pop culture as a whole and now, decades after, they become one.
Dancing Queen follows Cher’s appearance in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again! The sequel to 2008’s Mamma Mia! film based off of one of the most successful Broadway musicals of all time. Included on the album are many of ABBA’s best known hits with a few beloved albeit underappreciated ones, such as Fernando (my long-standing favourite ABBA song). Cher doesn’t step too far from the originals nor does she perform them in the style of much of her own recent material (recent as in the last 2 decades). It’s just Cher doing ABBA without any unnecessary bells and whistles but with lots of glitter and sequins.
Think of this album as the new Gay Card™. If you had yours confiscated for listening to a little too much Chainsmokers, consider this your permanent redemption.
She hits all the right spots from opening number Dancing Queen to the closing ballad One Of Us. The Name Of The Game shines with its pleasant melody beautifully mastered by Cher’s vocals. The Winner Takes It All soars in all its synth glory and supportive back-beat and Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! is unapologetically Cher. The only exception is in Mamma Mia, which is oddly lacking in energy compared to the other upbeat numbers. Aside from that, the album is nothing more or nothing less than a Fun collection of pop music and sometimes, that’s all you need.
1. Dancing Queen
2. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
3. The Name Of The Game
6. Mamma Mia
9. The Winner Takes It All
10. One Of Us