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Classic Album Review: Roxette | Room Service

The Swedish duo spin their sugary wheels like a Good Humour truck in the mud.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


I’ll say this for Roxette: They just refuse to give up.

More than a decade after their big hit The Look, the Swedish duo are still churning out sweetly crunchy-pop and syrupy synth ballads as if grunge, alt-rock and rap-metal never happened. But even though the 12-track Room Service undeniably has the sound, it most definitely does not have The Look (although Centre Of The Heart is such a shamless copy, right down to the na-na-na-na vocals, they could sue themselves for plagiarism). Listening to Roxette spin their sugar-coated wheels like a Good Humour truck stuck in the mud, you realize there’s a fine line between refusing to give up and not knowing when to quit.