As one fourth of ABBA, Agnetha Faltskog was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame three years ago. And thankfully the 62-year-old Swedish diva is still at it, cranking out quality music. Case in point: “When You Really Loved Someone,” the first single to be issued off Faltskog’s upcoming album A (out May 14 in the US). As far as dreamy, irresistible pop goes, the track ticks all the right boxes — and is right up there with the best of ABBA’s classic ballads — thanks in no small part to producer Jorgen Elofsson (Britney Spears‘ “Sometimes,” Kelly Clarkson‘s “A Moment Like This” and “Stronger,” etc.).
In an interview with BBC News, Faltskog, who hasn’t released an album in nine years, explained how Elofsson coaxed her to hit the recording studio once again — by basically ringing her doorbell and presenting three new songs to her:
“It was flattering. It really was. I just couldn’t say ‘no’. I really loved the songs from the beginning. I told him, ‘we have to talk about a lot of things first. It was nine or 10 years since I’d sung, so I didn’t know if [my voice] worked. I said from the beginning, ‘if it sounds old I don’t want to do this, because… Why should I?’”
A also contains a duet with Take That frontman/UK X Factor judge Gary Barlow. “We haven’t even met,” Faltskog told the BBC. “I spoke to him once on the phone — but I was on holiday when he did his singing.”
“When You Really Loved Someone” truly is quite addictive (we’re on play number three), and if you find you can’t knock it out of your head, you’re in luck — it’s currently available on iTunes as part of the A pre-order.