Quite why this album got such an underwhelming public response I'm not entirely sure. Roxette will never win any prizes for lyrical sophistication (the quote above is sure and certain proof of that...) but they have the pop-rock/power ballad formula honed to perfection, and it's hard to listen to one of their albums without feeling uplifted by the end. Perhaps it's just that their era was passing; the critics of 1999 wanted their songwriters to be serious musos in the Thom Yorke/Chris Martin vein, and Roxette will never be that.
So the critical non-event of "Have a Nice Day" actually missed the fact that, as well as delivering some killer pieces of power pop, the band showed some real sparks of originality in this album. Per Gessle's experimentation with dance beats, either layered alongside the crashing guitars as in the barmy but addictive opener "Crush on You", or driving the entire song as in the brilliant, euphoric "Stars", lends an energy to this album - and even, dare I say it, a sophistication - which makes it compulsive listening. Marie Fredrickson's mighty voice lends itself as well to uplifting dance choruses as it does to heart-rending power ballads, and there are plenty of both (the most outstanding of the latter being the sublime "Anyone"). "Wish I Could Fly" makes for a classic single, somewhere between ballad and anthem, with a dream-like chorus. "Beautiful Things", too, is a treasure of a closing track, evoking a dark and anguished mood to counterbalance the euphoria preceding it. These gems aside, the rest of the songs don't quite match up to the standard reached on "Crash! Boom! Bang!" but they hold their ground favourably with the rest of the Roxette back catalogue.
In short, for me this is one of Roxette's best albums and one of the most enjoyable pieces of sing-along, heart-centred pop-rock in my CD collection. It's still on regular rotation 5 years after I first acquired it.