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Brian Higgins talks about ABBA's influence
Posted at 11:24 PM, 12 January 2010 -

With two weeks to go before ABBA World - the world's first officially endorsed ABBA exhibition - opens, The Times has published an article about the Swedish group.

Brian Higgins of Xenomania was interviewed for the occasion. He says that ABBA's "SOS" was «the benchmark song I chose to indicate the direction I wanted us to aim for. That was the standard we aspired to reach melodically».

He also says: «They were great, great records: great chords, beautifully played, clever arrangements and often an incredible musical motif that often matched the main vocal melody in quality. That’s incredibly difficult to do well and yet that’s what they delivered time and time again. Finally, the girls could really sing. They made beautiful sounds, which made every lyric totally believable.»

ABBA World, a 25-room touring exhibition featuring interactive and audiovisual activities, will be open at Earl's Court Exhibition Centre in London, England, from January 27th to March 28th.

Watch the "S.O.S." video:

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