After a four-decade-long hiatus, a new strain of ABBA Mania is sweeping the globe.
The Swedish pop legends broke the drought last month with two new releases, “Don’t Shut Me Down,” and “I Still Have Faith In You,” both of which appear on the foursome’s forthcoming album Voyage, due out Nov. 5.
Today, fans are treated to a third fresh ABBA tune, “Just A Notion.”
A rollicking, feel-good number, “Just A Notion” feels like peak-era ABBA. And there’s a reason for that. “Just A Notion’ was originally written and recorded in the summer of 1978 during the early sessions for ABBA’s sixth studio album Voulez-Vous, but didn’t make the final cut.
It’s a “treasure from the past,” in the band’s own words.
“Just A Notion,” recounts founding member Björn Ulvaeus in a social media post, is “a ridiculously happy song and hopefully it will cheer you up in these dark times!”
ABBA’s comeback has been well received. In the U.K. “Don’t Shut Me Down” debuted at No. 9 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart, for the group’s 20th Top 10 single, while “I Still Have Faith In You” was close behind, starting at No. 14 on the main chart and topping the Official Vinyl Singles Chart.
The Swedes will take their marks next spring for ABBA Voyage, a virtual residency housed at a custom-built arena in east London.