“Dancing Queen is the most perfect thing to ever grace this earth.”
After her legendary appearance in the summer smash hit movie sequel Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, Cher announced last month that she would be releasing a new album this year, covering some of the greatest hits from pop supergroup Abba, such as Dancing Queen and Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
Well, the day is finally here! Cher released the eagerly awaited cover album today, giving us ten covers of the Swedish pop group’s most iconic tunes, adding a little electronic flare to some of the classics while giving us emotional renditions of other hits.
The album has already reached the top of the US Album Sales Chart, beating out Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV and Elevation Worship’s Hallelujah Here Below for the number one slot. Cher has proved that the world can never have enough Abba, with the album slaying the charts only a few months after Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again performing considerably well at the box office earning $34.4M in its opening weekend.
Dancing Queen is Cher’s 26th studio album and features producer Mark Taylor, who worked on the singer’s 1998 dance hit Believe.
Fans were quick to praise the pop queen’s new release, with one Twitter user announcing that the album was “the most perfect thing to ever grace this earth.”
— David Opie (@DavidOpie) September 28, 2018
— Jessie (@mahexfaboh) September 28, 2018
7:46: Do I have to get up?
— Dan Scott (@dan_scott8721) September 28, 2018
Gay fans, in particular, were buzzing about the album’s release.
— Sam Stuart (@samstuart92) September 28, 2018
Omg Cher’s new album of ABBA covers just dropped! Looking forward to hearing this album play in all the gay bars for the foreseeable future!!! ? My gay little heart is meltinggggg!!! ??? #Cher #ABBA #Iconic #Gay
— Ben Daniels (@BenjyDaniels) September 28, 2018
In the last 24 hours we got 2 new Gaga songs and an album of ABBA covers by Cher wow the gays really defeated heterosexuality huh
— Dave (@DaveyBlahBlah) September 28, 2018
Listening to Cher’s Dancing Queen and I can feel my gay superpowers growing with each and every track pic.twitter.com/kD92ynycgE
— Joel (@Joel_1189) September 28, 2018
While Cher puts a dance-pop spin on some of Abba’s best tracks, she finishes off the compilation of covers with a slowed down version of one of the band’s last singles One Of Us, which is said to be inspired by the divorces between the group’s members.
Before the album’s release, the musical superstar released the music video for her rendition of SOS last week, which features a fierce lineup of queer women like singer Betty Who and actress Trace Lysette.
Although the more upbeat tracks on the album feature Cher’s signature autotune, the more stripped back tracks remind us of why we love Cher’s rich and powerful vocals.
While Cher’s career spans decades, the pop powerhouse is proving her relevance in the music industry with this new release, and perhaps proving that Abba songs don’t have to join Sweet Caroline in the list of old hits only ever played at your Aunty’s 60th.
Our Verdict: “A strong four out of five! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️”
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