One Man, One Woman

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One Man, One Woman is a song by ABBA, released on their 1977 album ABBA: The Album. Running at 4:25, it is the third track after Eagle and Take a Chance on Me.

Synopsis[edit]

The song is about a couple (made up of the titular "man" and "woman") trying to save their marriage.[1]

Composition[edit]

The chorus of One Man, One Woman

The instruments used in the song are piano, synths, and strings. The piano is used to add a colourful countermelody to the vocal pauses in the chorus, a similar technique to the "descending double-octave riff" used in Dancing Queen. The synth is used in a "chord-per-bar" fashion throughout the verses, and strings take over in the chorus.[2]

Analysis[edit]

Abba: Let The Music Speak describes the song as "one of ABBA's most introspective portraits of the fragility of human relationships", adding that it is engulfed by a "genuinely fatalistic quality". It says that Frida's lead vocal is filled with "urgency and inner suffering...insecurity and self-doubt", filling the song with "unsettling realism". Both her performance and the musical progressions of the song illustrate an unsureness and lack of faith.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

The Sydney Morning Herald described the song as a "big-treatment ballad".[4] Soon after the album was released, The Boston Globe said it was "the most striking of the new songs".[5]

Covers[edit]

  • Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius covered the song.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bright Lights Dark Shadows: The Real Story of Abba - Carl Magnus Palm - Google Books. Books.google.com.au. Retrieved 2013-09-23. 
  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. ed.). Fairfield Gardens, Qld.: Christopher J N Patrick. p. 122. ISBN 9780646496764. 
  3. ^ Tesch, Christopher Patrick ; editor: Matthew (2008). ABBA : let the music speak : an armchair guide to the musical soundscape of the Swedish supergroup (1st ed. ed.). Fairfield Gardens, Qld.: Christopher J N Patrick. p. 41. ISBN 9780646496764. 
  4. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=YJ9WAAAAIBAJ&sjid=I-cDAAAAIBAJ&pg=1864,4227593&dq=one+man+one+woman+abba&hl=en
  5. ^ "Gordon Lightfoot Endless Wire Warners". Pqasb.pqarchiver.com. 1978-02-16. Retrieved 2013-09-23. 
  6. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=27xjAAAAIBAJ&sjid=jnoNAAAAIBAJ&pg=4612,4174895&dq=one-man-one-woman+abba&hl=en