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One Man, One Woman

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One Man, One Woman

One Man, One Woman is a song by ABBA, released on their 1977 album ABBA: The Album. Running at 4:25, it is the third track after Eagle and Take a Chance on Me.

Synopsis

The song is about a couple (made up of the titular "man" and "woman") trying to save their marriage.[1]

Composition

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.[2]

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. [3]

Critical reception

The Sydney Morning Herald described the song as a "big-treatment ballad".[4] Soon after the album was released, The Boston Globe said it was "the most striking of the new songs".[5]

Covers

  • Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius covered the song.[6]

References

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