Swedish media reviews the “Rox Box”
STOCKHOLM - Both Aftonbladet and Expressen give the "Rox Box" three out of five, but not without reservations. Expressen's Anders Nunstedt misses the version of "The Look" where Marie sings, and also the demo of "Svarta glas" that later became "Neverending Love," while Aftonbladet's Markus Larsson thinks the box is too much. Markus claims that about two and a half CD is "the rest" and is just filling and bad repeats.
On the other hand Markus thinks that Marie's voice is "damned great" and Per was a formidable hit machine during Roxette's heydays. Both Markus Larsson and Anders Nunstedt feel that Roxette was the best between '86-'92 (Larsson) or '89-'91 (Nunstedt) and that Roxette can claim it was mismanaged as much as it wants, as the booklet does state. They both disagree with that.
Nunstedt concludes that the box summarizes Roxette in a loving, well-made and generous way. "Roxette was great and really terrible." Markus Larsson says that "Listen to Your Heart" is the best track and that Roxette made pop music that is way up there with what ABBA and the Ramones did.
Additionally, Nunstedt gives "Hits" two stingers. He writes "On the album 'Have a Nice Day' (1999) you hear a band that's lost its compass. You don't have to listen very carefully to 'Room Service' (2001) to hear the sound of a duo that's been lost in the woods so long that the search has ended." He mentions that the point of this album is its first half, with songs like "It Must Have Been Love" and "Spending My Time." He disagrees with the subtitle "Their 20 greatest songs" but can count at least eight of them.
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October 19th, 2006
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