The first taste of Cher’s hotly anticipated ABBA covers album is finally here.
The legendary singer-actress posted a 40-second snippet of her take on the 1979 hit “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight),” from the forthcoming album “Dancing Queen,” in a tweet Wednesday.
It maintains the instrumental hook of the original while adding a modern, synthesized bass line. Then, of course, there are the vocals, which are oh-so-distinctly Cher.
🎂time pic.twitter.com/222E1D3m2B— Cher (@cher) August 8, 2018
Not surprisingly, the song drew some comparisons to the work of another diva. Madonna sampled “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)” on “Hung Up,” off her 2005 album, “Confessions on a Dance Floor.”
Cher’s reasoning for releasing “Dancing Queen,” which is due out in September, was simple.
“I’ve always liked ABBA and saw the original ‘Mamma Mia’ musical on Broadway three times,” she told Variety in an interview published Thursday. “After filming ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,’ I was reminded again of what great and timeless songs they wrote and started thinking, ‘Why not do an album of their music?’”
“The songs were harder to sing than I imagined but I’m so happy with how the music came out,” she added. “I’m really excited for people to hear it. It’s a perfect time.”
The Grammy and Oscar winner unveiled the track listing for “Dancing Queen” last month:
SONGS 1.WATERLOO 2.GIMME,GIMME3.DANCING👑4.CHIQUITITTA5. NAME OF THE GAME6.MOMMA MIA7. ONE OF US8.WINNER TAKES IT ALL9.SOS10.⁉️— Cher (@cher) July 25, 2018
After an eight-year break from acting, Cher returned to the big screen this summer in the all-ABBA movie musical, “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.” She played Ruby Sheridan, mother to Donna (Meryl Streep) and grandmother to Sophie (Amanda Seyfried).
Her performance of 1976’s “Fernando” has been widely hailed by critics as a highlight of the movie, which reportedly raked in $77.9 million at the worldwide box office in its opening weekend.
Cher’s history with ABBA dates back to 2004. She appeared alongside all four members of the Swedish pop group ― Benny Andersson, Agnetha Fältskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Björn Ulvaeus ― in a TV short called “The Last Video,” which was produced for that year’s Eurovision contest.
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