In the late seventies, I lived in Dubai, which was a hotbed of ABBA love.
As a kid there, I saw ABBA posters and bootlegged tapes everywhere.
Bottom line: I'm comfortable with liking ABBA.
I can't say it any better than Belinda Luscombe of Time magazine said it a couple weeks ago:
But where is your precious Fleetwood Mac now? Does the Internet list more than 50 Eagles tribute bands? (Or any with as good a name as Abbaration?) Did the Beach Boys have a musical on Broadway? They did, actually. It died. Meanwhile, Mamma Mia! has been on Broadway since October 2001. Note the date--a moment when America sorely needed comfort food. It was as if the country had sent out a national sos and Abba supplied the perfect rescue vehicle: sos.