Raving review of “Wish I Could Fly” in Billboard

A recent issue of Billboard Magazine had an absolutely raving review of “Wish I Could Fly”.

Swedish duo Roxette scored nine top 40 hits during its U.S. heyday in the early ’90s, including four No. 1 songs (remember “The Look” and “It Must Have Been Love”?). But what many don’t realize is that after EMI stopped promoting the band here, it continued to thrive overseas, maintaining a level of depth and soulfulness that far exceed what we call pop music on these shores. Thankfully, Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle have been signed to Edel America, with a greatest-hits album heading this way Sept. 26. The first release—the most-played single across Europe last year, according to Edel—is an extraordinary ballad with all the juice of previous winners like “Spending My Time” and “Listen to Your Heart.” Like those titles, “Fly” begins wistfully, then builds methodically with elegant aplomb, never crossing the line into melodrama. Foremost is its rich, melodic palette, the ever-potent vocals of the astounding Fredriksson, and the song’s production, always one of Roxette’s strongs suits. “I Wish I Could Fly” is truly a magnificent anthem, the kind of song that possesses such personality, it will etch the times of listeners’ lives. An ecstatic moment for top 40 and its mainstream sisters. Don’t overthink it; just add it.

This review is not in Billboard’s online edition.

This article was written for an earlier version of The Daily Roxette.
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July 31st, 2000

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