Elaine (song)

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"Elaine"
Winner Takes It All.jpg
"Elaine" cover
Song by ABBA
Released July 21, 1980
Format B-side
Genre Pop
Length 3:44
Label Polar Music
Writer Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Producer Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus

Elaine is a non-album song recorded by Swedish pop group ABBA. It was used as the B-side to the 1980 single "The Winner Takes It All".

Synopsis[edit]

The song is about a "devil-may-care path in pursuit of love".[1]

Composition[edit]

The intro of Elaine

ABBA: Let The Music Speak describes "Elaine" as a "bold and brazen up-tempo number", adding that it has a "wealth of treated synth effects". The pace remains the same throughout the song, and the intro has a "melodic riff that is squeezed and contorted over a series of suspended chords". This is followed by a "whistlable refrain".[1] At the end of the second verse, the synths mimic the girls' voices.[2]

Analysis[edit]

The song has a degree of programmatic irony, as the "extrevert nature" of the refrain juxtaposes "Agnetha and Frida's decisive and cutting unison stabs".[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Abba - Uncensored on the Record says the song is "OK, in a rather frantic way", and adds that it "paled in comparison" to the song it was paired with in the single "The Winner Takes It All", widely regarded as the best song ABBA ever recorded.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Tesch, Christopher Patrick ; editor: Matthew (2008). ABBA : let the music speak : an armchair guide to the musical soundscape of the Swedish supergroup (1st ed.). Fairfield Gardens, Qld.: Christopher J N Patrick. p. 63-4. ISBN 9780646496764. 
  2. ^ Tesch, Christopher Patrick ; editor: Matthew (2008). ABBA : let the music speak : an armchair guide to the musical soundscape of the Swedish supergroup (1st ed.). Fairfield Gardens, Qld.: Christopher J N Patrick. p. 128. ISBN 9780646496764. 
  3. ^ Tobler, John (2012-01-04). Abba - Uncensored on the Record. ISBN 9781908538239.