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Title - 'Roxette - Greatest Hits' (EMI)
Artist - Roxette

Back in the mid-'80s Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle formed Roxette with the ambition to conquer the world and have a lot of fun along the way! And, for the most part, once their debut album Pearls Of Passion was unleashed in '86, soon becoming a multi-platinum seller in Sweden and around the world thereafter, well, they achieved just that!

So, what we have here is not only a one disc Greatest Hits CD but an introduction to their upcoming new album, their first in many, oh so many years, Charm School. And so, after 25 years as a world-famous act with 70 million albums sold, one of Sweden's biggest pop groups steps back into the spotlight with 12 new songs ... but not before this timely Hits album reminds us about all the hits they spawned!

when Marie Fredriksson in the autumn of 2002 was diagnosed with a brain tumor. But Marie managed to defeat the illness, and during 2009, the pieces gradually fell together. The album's first single is the extremely infectious groove-master "She's Got Nothing On (But The Radio)". Charm School has everything that has made Roxette one of the world's most played Pop groups; the clinging melodies, the passionate delivery, the humorous pop sense and the unique mix of Marie Fredriksson's and Per Gessle's voices. The uber-hit 'The Look is first out the gates, with the fun-packed 'Dressed For Success' next. The slow-paced 'Listen To Your Heart' is always nice to hear, with the lesser-hit and Per-sung 'Dangerous' following. Another ballad follows in the form of mega-hit 'It Must Have Been Love,' with the always-powerful 'Joy Ride' next.

The interesting, and not as much of a hit as more a Roxette staple live, 'Fading Like A Flower (Everytime You Leave)' is next, with the lesser-known 'Spending My Time' close behind it. The Per-sung 'Church of Your Heart' from the Joyride album is next, with the unmemorable 'Wish I Could Fly' (a song that upon its 1994 U.S. release was Roxette's last single release here!) tailing it.

Now knowing that in the autumn of 2002 that Marie was diagnosed with a brain tumor, hence the shaved head and self-imposed 'retirement' from the business, the first single from their upcoming new album Charm School is 'She's Got Nothing On (But The Radio).' Majoratively sung by Per it harkens back to their day in the spotlight in fine style.

Indeed, this new Hits CD is rounded out by another new track from the album, the piano-fused and slow 'No One Makes It On Her Own' - which is, of course, yet another flashback to their musical youth! Because, come on now, they still sound like an '80s pop band and, in truth, always will be an '80s-sounding pop band - which is NOT a bad thing, thankfully!

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