One Man, One Woman

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(Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus)
© 1977 Polar Music International AB
Published by: Universal/Union Songs AB
Video produced by: Lasse Hallström

Music video by Abba performing One Man, One Woman. (C) 1977 Polar Music International AB

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"One Man, One Woman" is a song by ABBA, released on their 1977 album ABBA: The Album. It is that album's third track after "Eagle" and "Take a Chance on Me".[1] Composed by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, it has appeared in several compilation albums over the years such as 1998's Love Stories and 2012 The Essential Collection.[2]

Contents

  • 1 Synopsis
  • 2 Composition
  • 3 Analysis
  • 4 Critical reception
  • 5 Covers
  • 6 References

Synopsis

The song is about a couple (made up of the titular "man" and "woman") trying to save their marriage.[3]

Composition

Anni-Frid Lyngstad sang the lead vocals. 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.[4]

Analysis

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.[5]

Critical reception

The Sydney Morning Herald described the song as a "big-treatment ballad".[6] Soon after the album was released, The Boston Globe said it was "the most striking of the new songs".[7]

Covers

  • Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius covered the song.[8]

References

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/abba-the-album-mw0002095423
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/song/one-man-one-woman-mt0007564549
  3. ^ Bright Lights Dark Shadows: The Real Story of Abba - Carl Magnus Palm - Google Books. Books.google.com.au. Retrieved 2013-09-23. 
  4. ^ 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. 122. ISBN 9780646496764. 
  5. ^ 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. 41. ISBN 9780646496764. 
  6. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=YJ9WAAAAIBAJ&sjid=I-cDAAAAIBAJ&pg=1864,4227593&dq=one+man+one+woman+abba&hl=en
  7. ^ "Gordon Lightfoot Endless Wire Warners". Pqasb.pqarchiver.com. 1978-02-16. Retrieved 2013-09-23. 
  8. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=27xjAAAAIBAJ&sjid=jnoNAAAAIBAJ&pg=4612,4174895&dq=one-man-one-woman+abba&hl=en
   

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