"Disillusion"
Song by ABBA
from the album Ring Ring
Released1973
Recorded1970
GenrePop
Length3:04
LabelPolar
Composer(s)Agnetha Fältskog
Lyricist(s)Björn Ulvaeus
Producer(s)Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus

"Disillusion" is a ballad[1] by the pop group ABBA, on their first album Ring Ring (1973). It is notable as the only song ABBA recorded to have a songwriting credit from Agnetha Fältskog.[2][3] She was a songwriter as well as a singer, and had dabbled in that in her pre-ABBA career.[4] She wrote the music, with lyrics added by fellow ABBA member Björn Ulvaeus.[5]

Overview

Although she wrote several Swedish top 40 hits during her solo career, Fältskog did not feel her compositions were suitable for ABBA's albums. However, although this is her only songwriting credit to appear on an ABBA album, she also co-wrote a song that ABBA performed in concert, "I'm Still Alive"; recordings of this often appears in bootlegs. The song itself is a folk-pop based ballad somewhat similar to her pre-ABBA solo work.

The track has "sparse instrumentation". This differs from the Swedish version she recorded for her 1975 solo album Elva kvinnor i ett hus (Eleven Women In One House). The song was produced by Fältskog and entitled "Mina Ögon"; it was "far more ambitious".[1]

References

  1. ^ a b 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. 10. ISBN 9780646496764.
  2. ^ Vincentelli, Elisabeth (31 March 2004). Abba's Abba Gold. ISBN 9780826415462.
  3. ^ "Mecm - Mecm csajok - Hotdog.hu". 13 October 2013. Archived from the original on 13 October 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2021.
  4. ^ FitzGerald, Louise; Williams, Melanie (15 April 2013). Mamma Mia! The Movie: Exploring a Cultural Phenomenon. ISBN 9781848859425.
  5. ^ Tobler, John (4 January 2012). Abba - Uncensored on the Record. ISBN 9781908538239.