It Just Happens – Hanro’s review
We knew from the get-go that this album & it's sound would be different, but still "Roxette". I can honestly say that this first single ticks both boxes.
Initially, when we heard the first single would be “It just happens”, the big ballad memories of yesteryear flooded our expectations of what we can expect to hear. An “It must have been love” with the production of “Wish I could fly” perhaps? But alas, this is something slightly different. It’s a simple, no fuss, song with ultra-cool, contemporary production.
Sometimes I feel the order of the song is incorrect. Let me explain: the intro with Marie’s vocals sounds like an ending instead of a beginning and the first chorus (?) could’ve been left out as it doesn’t reappear until towards the end of the song. I feel like this takes away from the flow of the song. However, maybe this is in part the “magic” of this song?
After the second chorus Per belts out the bridge and pushes the song into new heights, which is then perfectly balanced with a quieter Marie vocal afterwards.
This is by no means the BIG BALLAD of yesteryear that we expected, but definitely a move in the right direction.
I’d love to mix it slightly and remove those bits I mentioned earlier to see if it’s a tighter song afterwards.
PS: I’m not a fan of the sleeve design.