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It all has to start somewhere.
on October 21, 2006
I'm a longtime Roxette fan (had Joyride when I was 10 and wore the tape down to tatters) and then again with Have A Nice Day, which made me a permanent fan and made me look into their full catalogue. This features such classics as - besides the above mentionent imminent Joyride and Have A Nice Day - Crash! Boom! Bang! (excellent), Room Service (very good) and Tourism (excellent), not to mention a number of fantastic compilation CDs. Latest, I turned to this, their first proper album (not counting Pearls Of Passion), and as I expected, this album showed to be below par with their later albums.
The album is very divided actually, between some *really* good songs, and then some *really* bad songs. The good ones include classics The Look, Dressed For Success, Dangerous, and Listen To Your Heart, but also less known tracks like the ballad Cry, and the uptempo Sleeping Single and (I Could Never) Give You Up, that all stand the test of time and still stand out as keepers. Paint is not a brilliant track, but it has qualities that justifies its inclusion on the album.
The rest of the tracks all sound terribly much like dated 80's songs. Shadow Of A Doubt is probably the best of the bunch, but it's not very good, and Dance Away, Chances (this was actually first single!), Half A Woman, Half A Shadow and View From A Hill are either so horrible or so forgettable that they should never have made it anywhere near an album.
So, if you're a completist, you should get this album, and if you only have the compilation Cds, you will even find a couple of good tracks here you probably didn't know. But the album itself is not really good, and if you only go for the good stuff, it's pretty much all included on the recent Roxbox (unfortunately not counting (I Could Never) Give You Up). So no, I won't recommend this CD.