Many bands start at the top of
their game and then almost disintegrate after two or three albums.
Abba had much more of a long game plan than that and with Arrival
they stepped up a gear with a more sophisticated and classy sound
that at last stretched their vocal ability thanks to much more
complex songs such as "My Love, My Life." As the
melodies improved so did the lyrics. Songs began to take on a
meaning rather deeper than the shallowness of much of the first
three albums although there are still some aberrations like the
meaningless pap of "Dum Dum Diddle." The album
contains what was to almost become Abba's theme song "Dancing
Queen" along with other top 10 hits "Knowing Me, Knowing
You" and "Money, Money, Money." With tracks like
"Knowing Me, Knowing You" they kept their pop
sensibilities but with poignant and much more biting lyrics. This
was a distinct improvement on what had gone before.