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Roxette Don't Bore us, get to the chorus- Is Dance/ Passion/pop music which was first released in the UK in 1995 but sadly didn't reach the USA until 2000. The Cd is composed of Songs Written and preformed by the Swedish duo Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson. The album includes the tracks
1)June Afternoon 2)You don't understand me 3)The Look 4)Dressed for success 5) Listen to you heat 6)Dangerous 7)It Must have been Love 8)Joyride 9)Fading like a flower 10)The big L : - My favourite- uplifts my mood every time! 11)Spending my time 12)How do you do! 13)Almost unreal 14)Sleeping in my car 15)Crash Boom Bang! 16)Vulnerable 17)She Doesn't live here anymore 18)I don't want to get hurt
This CD contains Music which ranges exciting and upbeat to incredibly passionate. I do not lie when I say that this is my favourite CD of all time! This music has been there for me when I just wanted to skip around getting ready to go out to when I wanted to relax and iv listened to it in the happy stages of just starting relationships and in the sad emotional stages of ending them. I have loved Roxette and their music throughout my life and would definitely recommend that you let it into yours!
A very apt title for an album and also very knowing. Being Swedes, they know what pop music is really all about. You need to grab your listener quickly then hold their attention before delivering a belter of a chorus. Abba succeeded in doing it and Roxette come somewhere close to keeping this trend alive.
Who are they:
Swedish pop duo, Per and Marie. Marie tends to do the lead vocals with Per writing and providing instrumentation.
On this album:
There are many hits to choose from, so for me, I would plump for 'The Look'. This was the song that really kick started their career and it just smacks of the eighties. With a brash chorus and breathy vocals from Per. The 'na na na' bits are just begging you to join in. Pure pop through and through and so much the better for it.
More exhilaration can be heard in 'Joyride' which boasts a fruity catchy chorus and some catchy verses alongside. The lyrics might be a bit straight forward here, but the enthusiasm behind the song makes up for it.
For something more soothing' 'It Must Have Been Love' is instantly heartwarming and heartbreaking. Marie sounds in a great deal of pain as she laments of a love lost. This is a song we can all identify with at some point in our lives.
I recommend listening to 'Sleeping In My Car' which comes with a set of feisty lyrics and a cheekiness about it. It is a bit saucy as they sing of what they are getting up to on the backseat, but the pop factor disguises the naughty lyrics and they get away with it.
With a grand 18 tracks and some arty sleeve work this is a decent enough pop album. The older stuff seems to have the edge though.
I was once asked the question, If I was stranded on a desert island, but I was allowed to have 5 CD's with me, what would they be? Strange question but true! Although when I think of this question I can still remember what the answers were originally however over the years they have somewhat changed, although Roxette's album Don't Bore Us, Get To The Chorus still remains in that Top 5 albums that I would have selected even though its over ten years old and they don't seem to make any new music any more, I still find myself listening to it on a regular basis.
Roxette for those of you that don't know are Swedish and the band is made up of Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle. The pair go back as far as 1979, the year that I was born, however they were both perforning in different bands, and also having a go at being solo until they joined forces and created Roxette.
Although its not called their Greatest Hits, Don't Bore Us Get to the Chorus is a compilation of Roxettes greatest hits and there were many of them. Over the years they had become famous worldwide and had conquered many countries that are normally a bands dream of doing, but not all succeed.
You Don't Understand Me
Dressed For Success
Listen To Your Heart
It Must Have Been Love
Fading Like A Flower
The Big L
Spending My Time
How Do You Do
Sleeping in my Car
CRash Boom Bang
She Doesn't Live Here Anymore
I Don't Want to Get Hurt
The album itself is not flawless, it does have a couple of weak links in it, but everything can't be perfect. The variety of music is based on pop / rock, pretty mellow rock that is liked by most.
JUne Afternoon kicks off the album, really I think this was probably a bad idea as June Afternoon is one of those weak links and if it was a kind of greatest hits album, you could potentially turn it off after the first song. For some reason this particular song reminds me of the circus as there are some very strange noises encountered in this track that don't seem to go down well with me. The lyric also are a bit strange and don't make sense, whether this is a Swedish thing, i'm not sure, but I wouldn't have chosen this track to open the album.
You Don't UNderstand Me is the 2nd track on the album, its a ballad with a very soft tempo in the background until it kicks into the chorus. The lyrics in this track, you can associate yourself with them. YOu don't hear Per in this track, its a solo that Marie does and a fantastic track.
The Look - Following on from a ballad this is a great track to go next on the album. Starting with the electric guitar and Per jumping in with his husky voice, the vocal between both of them work very well. Its a track that most people will be familiar with, very catchy and a favourite of mine. Good driving tune!
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Trying to Make Little By Little, Try to Make It Bit By Bit on My Own. Dressed for Success is about making a success out of yourself, all by yourself with no one helping you. Another cathcy pop tune that did extremely well when it was released.
Listen To Your Heart starts with a piano intro until Marie kicks in. I get a cold shiver down my spine when I hear this track and is by far one of my favourites. She sings Listen To Your Heart amazingly. IT was covered two years ago by a new dance band, and Iwas horrified when I heard it, and they had demoralised what was an excellent track.
Dangerous - same kind of style song, however I never used to hear this song much so I am not sure how well this track did. Per and Marie do a duet on this track which works really well.
It Must Have Been Love is probably one of the main songs that Roxette are famous for, because its one of those classic love songs and also was featured in the film Pretty Woman at a major part, so majority of people will probably associate this song with that film. Its one of those tracks that when you are watching amovie and the song is appropriate to the scene, it can easily make your eyes well up. The lyrics are great, just how you would put it if you had been in love and split up with someone.
Fading Like A Flower - This recently has got to be my favourite track on the album. Recently a friend of mine was listening to this album in her car and text me saying that she was listening to this track and he reminded her of me and my new boyfriend. I wasn't looking for relationship with anyone, however I became atrracted to someone and was initially scared to commit but wanted to
"Every Time I See You I Try To Hide Away, But When We Meet It Seems Like I Can't Let Go"
Its a upbeat ballad, wth great lyrics and has got be one of the best tracks on the album.
Crash Boom Bang - Initially I thought was sort of title is that for a song and when I listened to it, I thought the same, however this track has really grown on me over the years. It might seem like a strange title, however if you sit there and listen to the lyrics, its a story of its own, pretty mellow thorugh the first two verses and the chorus, until the 2nd chorus, when it slowly kicks in and boom!!! it kicks in properly sending shudders down my spine because of the power of Marie's voice and the lyrics she is singing is absolutely superb.
Overall Don't Bore Us Get To The Chorus is by far one of my favourite albums, its very hard to get hold of a copy of this album, however if you have the opportunity, buy it, its fantastic.
Dont Bore Us - Get To The Chorus - ROXETTE
Well thats an original title for sure , and in effect quite accurate , as the chorus to any Roxette song is what makes it .
And is this another just another album ,well not really , as it is their greatest hits upto and including 1995 - probably their most constructive and inflential period ..
For value purposes you get a total of 18 great songs , the first and last two being new tracks at the time of release , ala ABBA - The First 10 Years .
The track listing ( track , original album taken from , album release year) , is as follows , with a little on the musical style just for luck.....
1) June Afternoon - N/A ( 1995 )
Pop rock for a summers day.
2) You Dont Understand Me - N/A ( 1995 )
Moody rock ballad depicting a relationship breaking up.
3) The Look - LOOK SHARP ( 1988 )
Who rox - Roxette of course with a catchy ditty ,nice guitar riffs.
4) Dressed For Success - LOOK SHARP
Foot stomping agressive pop rock - true Roxette
5) Listen To Your Hear - LOOK SHARP
Americanised ballad in similar vein to the likes of Chicago.
6) Dangerous - LOOK SHARP
Written for and rejected by Don Johnson ( fool ) , again aggressive rock feel.
7) It Must Have Been Love - TOURISM ( 1992 )
One of the best ballads ever written ( better version on TOURISM ).
8) Joyride - JOYRIDE ( 1991 )
Finger tapping sing along . Fantastic chorus .
9) Fading Like A Flower - JOYRIDE
Powerful ballad , detailing that 1st love.
10) The Big L - JOYRIDE
What Roxette call bubblegum music, summertime rock.
11) Spending My Time - JOYRIDE
Nostalgic ballad , real moody which makes it .
12) How Do You Feel - TOURISM
Punchy and gritty . Great rock .
13) Almost Unreal - N/A ( Super Mario Bros. Soundtrack ) ( 1993 )
One of my all time favourites . All about love and its feelings .
14) Sleeping In My Car - CRASH BOOM BANG ( 1994 )
Fast paced rock with great drums and guitar .
15) Crash Boom Bang - CRASH BOOM BANG
Looking back at life and love , and its associated troubles . Great ballad.
16) Vulnerable - CRASH BOOM BANG
Sheer poetry . One for lovers everwhere . Ballad.
17) She Doesnt Live Here Anymore - N/A ( 1995 )
Back to that bubblegum rock . So inspiring.
18) I Dont Want To Get Hurt - N/A ( 1995 )
Great strings , to a heartfelt ballad about heartbreak and hurt.
Ok ,so thats the tracks , but what about the inlay ? Well as with all Roxette inlays , you wont be let down . 24 sides containing images and the songs lyrics , with some background notes by the members themselves, which makes for some interesting reading.
Overall a great mixture of styles on one great value money CD . 18 songs , over 70 minutes of play time . Who can complain . Their must be a least one song here that everyone will like , and well worth purchasing , especially as a first album of this group
*Warning I didn’t realise it was going to be such a long one, sorry!* Roxette has to be one of my all time greats; a talented duet that seems to have faded over the years but to me their music would always stand the test of time. So who are Roxette? Well they are a Swedish duet made up with the following Marie Fredriksson (Lead vocals) and Per Gessle (Lyrics and some vocals). It was in 1985 that the pair formed, but it wasn’t until 1986 that they released their first album Pearls of Passion. If you was wondering why the name Roxette, simple, it was taken from a song by Dr Feelgood which happens to be one of Per Gessle’s favourite bands. So what is so special about their music and the album (Don’t bore us - get to the chorus) I am reviewing? The word everything comes to mind! They have talent, something that you don’t see much of nowadays. They work well together, which is shown through their music, with powerful and moving results. Marie has one of those voices that just melt your heart, soft yet strong, belting out a power in such a way that overwhelms you (well me any how). Per, he is the lyrical genius behind most of the songs written, some being written by himself with the exception of ‘You don’t understand me’ which was also written Desmond Child. He has sung a few songs from this album where by he has taken the form of lead vocalist but mainly contributes as backing. Hard to describe his voice, but the word unique as to be the only way. Sometimes a dry, gruff voice with a few occasions that are soft, showing sparks his inner self. The album is a collection of their older music and hits along with four previously unreleased songs. The music spans a time of nearly a decade from 1987 to 1995 to include the track ‘The look’ which set the course of their music success. Of all their albums that have been released
this has to be the choice purchase as it includes all their best contributions in the music world, some well known, some not so well know but all timeless classics. The album features 18 different tracks, a mighty generous amount if you ask me, with all worth a listen and a lot of credit. On with the tracks: No 1: June afternoon (1995) 4.15 minutes What a jolly song this is, a great summer tune with a lovely beat, simple clear lyrics, that are bright and bubbly. A nice start to set this collection off, and a perfect companion for a car stereo on a hot summers day. The lyrics: Didn't I tell you everything is possible in this déjà vu? Try the river boat, the carousel, feed the pigeons, Bar-B-Q. Look at all the people, happy faces all around. Smiling, throwing kisses, busy making lazy sounds. No 2: You don’t understand me (1995) 4.28 minutes A slow and moving song, a relationship that has reach a stale point for one. A song that many would be able to relate to at some point in their lives. Don’t let the slowness of this song put you off, what it lacks in speed it makes up in the powerful content of lyrics and the strong at times voice of Marie Fredriksson. The lyrics: I've been up all night, you've been puttin' up a fight. Seems like nothin' I say gets through. How did this old bed fit a world between me and you. We said "Goodnight" but the silence was so thick you could cut it with a knife. We've hit the wall again and there's nothin' I can do. You're the one, yea, I've put my trust in your hands. C'mon and look in my eyes, here am, here I am No 3: The look (1988) 3.56 minutes A very catchy tune from this song, the one that launched their musical careers. This has a bit of a rock feel to it, pair that up with both
Per and Marie’s superb voices and you get one hell of a song, no wonder it gave them the big break they were aiming for. The lyrics: 1-2-3-4 walking like a man, hitting like a hammer, she's a juvenile scam. Never was a quitter, tasty like a raindrop, she's got the look. No 4: Dressed for success (1988) 4.11 minutes Another catchy tune, with a rock feel to it. The lyrics and vocals are sharp and to the point, with some points of the song sounding slightly aggressive. A perfect song to follow on from the mentioned successful ‘The look’. Great to listen to before a job interview, to help you gain that ‘I am the one for the job’ confidence. The lyrics: Tried to make it little by little, tried to make it bit by bit on my own. Quit the job, the great believers, another town where I get close to the bone. No 5: Listen to your heart (1988) 5.14 minutes An all time ballad, a timeless classic one that is probably more commonly known. A real mushy, a pure weepy, perfect for those cosy nights in, snuggled up on the sofa together. The lyrics: I know there's something in the wake of your smile. I get a notion from the look in your eyes, yea. You've built a love but that love falls apart. Your little piece of heaven turns too dark. No 6: Dangerous (1988) 3.48 minutes A song of which was inspired by a 70’s action movie, hence it being one of the fastest and upbeat tracks on the album. Features an excellent array of guitar and drums of which have been played to perfection. Great to scrub the floor to for a real buffed up finish, or perhaps for driving down the motorway. The lyrics: You pack your bag. You take control. You're moving into my heart and into my soul. No 7: It must have been love (1987) 4.19 minutes Perhaps the second most well known songs from Roxette, after Joyride of course. The original title was called ‘Christmas for the broken hearted’ for the purpose of it being released in Germany around Christmas time. A pure classic, which will be around for many years in my opinion. I love this song; mix it with dim lighting and a partner who is warm and cuddly, a perfect recipe for a beautiful evening. (This also happens to be from the Pretty Woman soundtrack) The lyrics: Lay a whisper on my pillow, leave the winter on the ground. I wake up lonely, there's air of silence in the bedroom and all around. Touch me now, I close my eyes and dream away. No 8: Joyride (1991) 4.02 minutes This was a 4th No 1 hit in the States for Roxette. The name for the track was inspired by an interview with Paul McCartney; his word joyride was his was of explaining what writing songs with John Lennon were like. A catchy tune, with some fantastic lyrics contained within the song. A funky little number, with a great beat to tap your fingers to. This song makes me want to take a long drive down the Californian coast in a deep red colour sports cars, with hubby hanging off my arm (guess I will have to settle for rainy Plymouth and a bus). The lyrics: I hit the road out of nowhere, I had to jump in my car and be a rider in a love game, following the stars. Don't need no book of wisdom, I get no money talk at all. She has a train going downtown, she's got a club on the moon and she's telling all her secrets in a wonderful balloon. Oh, she's the heart of the funfair, she's got me whistling her private tune. No 9: Fading like a flower (every time you leave) (1991) 3.53 minutes Originally written in 1989 in a Canadian hotel room. This record
was a huge success for Roxette across Europe. A nice ballad that has a bit of punch to it and the piano introduction to this song is out of this world. Overall a well performed song both vocally and musically. Once again another great song to spend those warm and cosy evenings in with. The lyrics: In a time where the sun descends alone I ran a long long way from home to find a heart that's made of stone. I will try, I just need a little time to get your face right out of my mind, to see the world through different eyes. No 10: The big L (1991) 4.28 minutes This song has it all, a punchy, funky tune, great lyrics, fantastic vocals, a hint of rock and the fun of a summer sound to it. This is another song that I love to listen to, and a fantastic choice when I have my housework head on (guess I won’t be listening to it much then). The lyrics: She's the top, she's got the world on a string. She makes me boogie, makes me do anything yea yea. Hey now, touch the sky, you've got a certain kind of look in your eyes. No 11: Spending my time (1991) 4.38 minutes A beautifully written song, which is equally performed as good too. The music, lyrics and the vocals all tie in well together making it a classy melody. Oh and yes it looks like another cosy night in for hubby and me. The lyrics: What's the time? Seems it's already morning. I see the sky, it's so beautiful and blue. The TV's on but the only thing showing is a picture of you. Oh I get up and make myself some coffee. I try to read a bit but the story's too thin. I thank the Lord above that you're not here to see me in this shape I'm in. No 12: How do you do! (1992) 3.12 minutes Not one of their strongest songs but is still great to listen to. It has a very groovy and catchy
tune to it and of course the distinct voice of Per Gessle. An all purpose song that could be listened to in many places or atmospheres. The lyrics: I see you comb your hair and gimme that grin. It's making me spin now, spinnin' within. Before I melt like snow, I say hello How do you do! I love the way you undress now, Baby begin. Do you caress, honey, my heart's in a mess. I love your blue-eyed voice, like Tiny Tim shines thru. How do you do! No 13: Almost unreal (1993) 3.59 minutes This was originally written for a Bette Midler movie but ended up in a Super Mario Bros film instead. This is a cracking song, the absolute best of the whole collection but then I would say that because it means so much to me and the lyric relate to the way I feel for my husband back then and today. A real tearjerker and heart string puller. The lyrics: Babe, come in from the cold, and put that coat to rest. Step inside, take a deep breath, and do what you do best. Yea, kick off them shoes, and leave those city streets. I do believe love came our way and fate did arrange for us to meet. No 14: Sleeping in my car (1994) 3.33 minutes This one holds a lot of special memories for me at a time of a bad patch, lets just say my now husband and I were living in a car for five days but that’s a long story. In a corny kind of way we can relate to this song and now look back at it with a smile. Another song that has a catchy tune with a hint of rock, strong vocals and great guitar contributions. A must for travellers or just simply driving to work. The lyrics: I'll tell you what I've done I'll tell you what I do Been driving all nite just to get close to you Baby babe - I'm moving so fast You'd better come on. No 15: Crash boo
m bang! (1994) 4.25 minutes The haunting sound to this song and the hard-hitting lyrics make it an all round fantastic song. I think it is a song that many would be able to relate to when it comes to relationships past and sometimes present. Not to be listened to if you have just split from a relationship but great when you have just got over a relationship. The lyrics: My Papa told me to stay out of trouble "When you've found your man, make sure he's for real!". I've learned that nothing really lasts forever I sleep with the scars I wear that won't heal They won't heal. No 16: Vulnerable (1994) 4.30 minutes This is my husband’s favourite of the album but he prefers to change the words a little to fit in with myself, as at the time and from time to time I can be and sometimes do feel vulnerable. A real love dedication song for the man (if you change the words a little) or woman in your life. C’mon curl up together on that huge sofa and fill the air with the sounds of this record. The lyrics: Everywhere I look I see her smile Her absent-minded eyes And she has kept me wondering for so long How this thing could go wrong. No 17: She doesn’t live here anymore (1995) 4.03 minutes This is the second weakest song of the whole collection but it still doesn’t stop me liking it but perhaps not as much as the others. A simple song with short burst of lyrics, although still cleverly written as with all their songs on this album. A good all rounder but I guess it would be down to personal choice of style. The lyrics: We grew up together, we've been here forever. Barefoot in the summer, cold in stormy weather. She taught me all there is, magic and love, lots of forgotten words. No 18: I don’t wa
nt to get hurt (1995) 4.17 minutes A truly wonderful song blended with the beautiful voice of Marie and the string arrangements Clarence Ofwerman. A great end track to complete this truly remarkable collection. Great! The lyrics: In everything I see you appear with me, how come? How come? And everything I do involves you too. We are like one. In my life there has been so many changes and I don't want to be left out in the rain. * Total album length 75 minutes and 17 seconds* told you it was a generous album! What more can I say but I recommend it LOADS but I guess you have gathered that.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 June Afternoon
2 You Don't Understand Me
4 Dressed for Success
5 Listen to Your Heart
7 It Must Have Been Love
9 Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)
10 Big L.
11 Spending My Time
12 How Do You Do!
13 Almost Unreal
14 Sleeping in My Car
15 Crash! Boom! Bang!
17 She Doesn't Live Here Anymore
18 I Don't Want to Get Hurt