Swedish papers claim Roxette are finished
2 out of 5 in Aftonbladet, 1 out of 5 in Expressen… "Roxette is over," say the Swedish tabloids. Both Aftonbladet and Expressen have almost identical reviews of yesterday's Karlstad concert, their first "Room Service" tour gig in Sweden.
Aftonbladet's review is written by Per Bjurman, who's been long known for his negative attitude towards Roxette (see TDR's old articles 1, 2). Both Aftonbladet and Expressen say that Roxette is boring and lame and they're playing the same old songs again and again. According to Bjurman, Roxette still hasn't gotten over the 80s. (Even though most of their hits have been in the 90s… - Ed.)
It seems that it's still the same old problem of not gaining critics' respect in their home country. To gain some perspective, Finnish papers had only positive reviews of their Helsinki concert and the Swedish public still seems to love one of their biggest exports; all their three concerts in Sweden are sold out.
Hallandsposten was the only Swedish paper with a positive review. Hallandsposten is published in Halmstad area where Roxette is from and the review was written by Jan-Owe Wikström, the co-author of "Roxette The Book".
Technical errors may occur.
November 15th, 2001
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