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“Room Service” does poorly in Swedish reviews

Written by roxeteer on April 2, 2001 to .

Both Aftonbladet and Expressen have published reviews of Roxette’s new album “Room Service”.

  Expressen rates the album 3 out of 5. Expressen’s Anders Nunstedt titled his review (roughly translated) “Effective songs and stupid lyrics”. In his opinion Roxette is strong in making single tracks, but weaker in making albums. He admits that Roxette has not been in the critics’ favor, but that the band still gets a lot of airplay. “And no-one can still tell us how that happens,” he says. “The most recent example of this is of course ’The Centre Of The Heart’ which is #1 on both Trax and the single chart.”

  The lyrics of the songs on the album don’t please this critic. “’Room Service’ is as merry as the surface of the album booklet, and as flat as the plastic it comes in. Though you won’t have a problem in singing along the songs for the rest of the year,” Nunstedt finishes his review.

  Aftonbladet’s Per Bjurman, who is known for his previous anti-Roxette comments, rates the album only 2 out of 5. He writes that “Roxette isn’t finished… but the end is near”.

  “Real Sugar” and “The Centre Of The Heart” are his favorites from the album, as well as “Milk And Toast And Honey” which he praises as “their strongest ballad since ’Listen To Your Heart’ and ’[It] Must Have Been Love’.” But then, “everything else on the album feels like Gessle’s creativity has gone dry.”

  (Helge contributed to this article.)

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Actually Per Bjurman, the aftonbladet guy do really like Gessle. He gaved TWATG 4 out of 5 and gaved GT återtåget 5 out of 5. He likes PGs powerpop but hates the ballads.

Who cares about journalists opinion.

If the Swedish press had given Roxette a good review, it would have destroyed world order as we know it (: Nothing new about that, they’ve been saying that Per’s lost his ability to write since “Crash! Boom! Bang!” came out (you know, 20 million records ago). Yawn.

I do understand the critics. don’t get me wrong, I like Roxette. but only coz I happen to be a Roxette fan. If I think clearly I should hate them as I hate all the other chart bands. and Roxette has always been what I call a chart band. it’s not surprising that they got a review like the one above. I even think 3 out of 5 stars is quite good....for a Roxette album ;-)

Don’t give a damn to what the press are saying.
Once, N’ Sync album was stated as being very ordinary and “been there, done that” situation. Despite of that they are very huge now.

The thing is Roxette now is trying to be commercial not artistic. I think that HAND is an attempt to be new and bold but lack commercial value.
Room service in the other hand is something that will give back what is lost; style, pop and album sales figure.

It’s hard to stay alive when you’ve been around for a very long time.
Roxette by far is one of the most original band around and who says that you own a musical style anyway. If you don’t like the album, don’t buy it. It’s not like it is very epidemic or something. Anyway, critics are nothing but people who think they are good but in reality just somebody who needs to write something to make ends met.

I guess the Expressen reporter is true. Some songs should’ve had much better lyrics. Better, meaning “deeper”, or at least more “interesting”.
I remember the times of “Go to sleep”???


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