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Reviewing The Look (2015 Remake)


Another year, another “The Look?” Or possibly another “It Must Have Been Love.” That’s how many fans feel.


There are at least 17 different “The Looks” officially released already. More about that from Stevo later.

 

Thomas: So how is this any different? Well, apart from it being a totally new recording – a remake, Per, Clarence and Christoffer have finally brought in fresh blood. Not a day too soon if you ask me. The boys brought in are Addeboy vs. Cliff, or Andreas Broberger and Hannes Lindgren, known for among other things “Beep My Beep.” To be honest I’ve never heard of them, ever, but then again – I’m not an EDM fan, I like Roxette.  And they may be solid EDM gold for all I care.

Paul:  I quite like some EDM, but even I’ve never heard of them.

Kai: Not a huge EDM fan here, there are some collaborations I like. I tend to miss the D part of EDM in most of the songs, it’s sometimes too technical. Well, sometimes I fail to see the M, too.  But that’s just me getting old. Addeboy vs. Cliff? Never heard of before. Are they famous? Does it matter, actually? I checked out some of their songs and hey, they all sound the same to me!

Thomas: They have made the backing track – drums and bass – to this version of “The Look” and it does sound fresh. The rest of the instruments I assume are played by C&C. Interestingly enough I can’t hear a snare drum in the mix. At least not in the beginning. Maybe it’s hidden in the hand claps, yes that must be it!

Paul: Well, it’s certainly very different!  It’s strange hearing a song that we all know so well in a totally new light.  It makes me wonder how involved P&C&C were in the creation of the backing track.  Were Addeboy vs. Cliff given a brief, told to go away and come back when they came up with this?

Thomas: From what I understand not at all.

Paul:  Unlikely I know – we all know that Per likes to be in control, but I think that these new guys were given a lot more freedom to play around and explore new things when creating the backing track.

Kai: Doubt that Christoffer or Clarence would have come up with this style of remake themselves. On the other hand… well… nah… Good though that they are open for experiments like this.

Thomas: I love the vocals, both Per and Marie are at the top of their game. The vocals are a lot like the original track, but Per sings it a bit differently, with both of them adding some of that live vibe we’ve heard the last few years. Jonas Isacsson’s famous Beatles-inspired guitar hook is there, maybe a tad too overlooked for my taste, but it’s there. I have no way of checking the bpm but it feels like it’s about the same speed as the original. Very danceable and nice. Per’s spoken part is distorted, by the way. The song is the same length as the original – 3.56.

Paul:  Surely if the song is the same length, then the bpm is the same?!

Thomas: Yes likely.

Paul: Got to agree about the vocals though.  Per’s voice sounds great as always, but Marie sounds superb at the end of the track.  Her vocals sound almost the same as the original version and the addition of the live ‘ad-libs’ towards the end of the track add a little something to it.

Kai: I really like the fact that they recorded the vocals again, with all their years of live performance now giving the song more power. In some parts it sounds a bit staged, though. I also like the new guitars, yet I think they stopped half way to a really great rocky remake of the song. Due to the EDM layer it feels like the handbrake is still on. There is so much potential now with the live vocals, the better sound, the guitars and then they come up with a background track for a fashion show where models wiggle up and down the catwalk. Yes, it certainly is a product for a fashion chain and I understand why it sounds like it sounds. But still…

Thomas: If Cosmos (that’s right, no Warner) can get word about this single out, I’m pretty sure that it will get quite a lot of radio spins all over the world. I think it’s very radio friendly, as well as DJ friendly. Remixes? Surely coming up.

Kai: Remixes of a remake of a good song? Beware!

Thomas: The original “The Look” is an iconic song, which will be immortal, it’s not easy to remake that. So when I spin this for the umpteenth time all I can think is “Well done, Roxette!” If this is any indication of how the new album will sound, I can only bow my head. Stay out of that rut boys.

Paul:  Only the umpteenth time?  You need to catch up!  While this obviously isn’t a new song, it does whet the appetite for the new album out (Per’s) soon.  Does this new version surpass the original?  No, but it does speak volumes about Per’s talent as a songwriter and Marie’s amazing vocal talents and the fact that they have managed to breathe so much new life into a song that was originally written 28 years ago!

Kai: Agree fully that nothing can harm a great song.

The 7″ to be released end of August is limited, sort of, to a first pressing of 3,000 copies worldwide.

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  ★ The authors:
Thomas Evensson
Paul Belben
Kai-Uwe Heinze


  ★ Publishing date:

July 16th, 2015


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  • Jesu

    Cannot listen to it here in Spain yet, you’re lucky 🙁

  • Skyrider

    Sounds cool! But except those remade synthie parts wich sound like the speakers are damaged like the one in the first 10 seconds of the song.
    The rawer version in the making of sounds ass-kicking!
    Addeboy vs. Cliff seem to be good producers anyhow, I really like the sound of Say Lou Lou.

  • RobS

    I like it… mostly. Not a fan of the vocals being so distorted in some parts. But musically I think it’s great, i’m a sucker for anything with that dumdumdumdumdum sound! Still The Look, but newer and different. New vocals are great too, gives almost a live vibe to it seeing as that’s how it’s been played for song long.

  • Krischan76

    Like the music nowadays or not, but the song of songs has been adapted superbly to today’s listening habits up to the last voice effect from a horror movie and distorted instrument. Sounds fresh and new. Great car stereo music.

    Me likey.

  • Tridy

    It will make an nice b-side to the new Rox single some later this year :). A bit of a “chewed cassette” sound at some places.

  • Ronney

    Terrible!

  • Simply Me

    Not the greatest remake, too 21st century for me. I shall stick with the remake from 95!

    • Tridy

      95 was a remix with the original vocals, so it was not a remake in the way that 15 is. I think that the original version does nor really mix, and even conflict with the today’s style, so it should have been remade from scratch with new vocals and new tracks, maybe in a ‘Silly Really’ style. Lets see if there will be any remixes of this remake and someone would try to put the puzzle parts together.

  • NadaLemming

    I am normally a huge Rox fan, but I’m on the fence here. Maybe it will grow on me….

  • s1974x

    I like it. What’s wrong with them revisiting their past? Most versions of The Look are ones you have to actively seek out like the various ones used as single B-sides and the MTV Unplugged version that appears on Rarities album that is literally rare. In other words, if you don’t want them in your collection you can easily avoid them. Aside from all of that, I cannot believe that The Look ’15 means that it has been 20 years, 20 YEARS, since the *new and improved* The Look ’95 was released. Wow.

    • s1974x

      Also, if you don’t like this mix keep in mind that the original has been remixed at least a dozen times so they needed to come out with a version that was distinct from the others and I believe they succeeded. Again, if you don’t like it also keep in mind that this is a great studio version with fresh vocals with a slightly different twist so chances are this version will be remixed a dozen times in the upcoming decade so who knows what the parts of this track will be turned into in 2018, 2025, etc…

  • Adam

    I like it. It’s different, a true 2015 version. Think of it as a modern day cover. It’s not better than the original, but still nice – it’s such a great song that I like all the different versions, including Unplugged, Live in Sydney and Travelling the World versions – all of which are different again.

  • Bonta-kun

    Not sure the distortion on the first (secondary) riff is a good thing, but everything else is fine.

    The stompy nature of the track, along with the distortion of Per’s vocals (2nd verse 1st line & 2nd “Walking like a man…”) is very evocative of Doctor Who. Mr L.L. Stomper as a Cyberman, anyone?

  • Tavo

    I hate to disagree with most comments but I don’t really like it. Marie’s “na na na na na” part sounds awful, it doesn’t sound like her voice. I really expected something different after I saw the trailer. However, I really hope the new songs on the new album sound fresh with those guys as producers/collaborators.




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