Back in 1992 Roxette released an album called Tourism
which was recorded partly on tour during the, "Join the Joyride Tour" the album was a huge success and to this day it is still one of my favourite albums that Roxette released.
Now we welcome, "Travelling" initially dubbed Tourism2, T2 and finally Trism2 instead it was finally named, "Travelling" so what have we got in this album which makes it a recommended purchase!
Initially when I heard the snippets some weeks before the release I was undecided about the songs and the quality of the albums, but now having listened to the album I love it, it is to me even better than Charm School
the new album released in 2011 by Roxette.
Let's be honest here it's not the 90's and Roxette are not in their 30's anymore, so fans cannot expect albums to continually sound like the good old days, we have to enjoy what is offered, but more importantly as many will know it is perhaps a miracle that Roxette as a duo are even making music!
The album kicks off with a track called, "Me & You & Terry & Julie" with Terry & Julie being a reference to The Kinks song "Waterloo Sunset." It is a catchy opening tune and is followed by, "Lover, Lover, Lover" which for me is perhaps the second best song on the whole album. The first song that is an ultimate favourite of mine is, "Touched by the Hand of God" which was originally named, "Charm School" but did not make the final cut on the album of the same title. Mr Gessle what were you thinking hiding this gem of a song from us fans because it is simply amazing and Marie's voice suits the vocals immensely.
Like the original Tourism, there are a couple of live tracks on this album; including, "She's Got Nothing On (But The Radio)" and (wait for it...) yes another version of, "It Must Have Been Love" which some fans find annoying. Not I this version was recorded during Night of the Proms in Holland in 2009 which is when Marie gradually made a return back to Roxette after her brain tumour. A fabulous orchestra backs the track, if you where in the audience for the NOTP shows you will understand just how magical hearing this song is again on a CD!
"Excuse Me, Sir, Do You Want Me to Check on Your Wife?" is in fact a beautiful song, I wonder if Per got the inspiration for this title because he owns a hotel in Sweden!
Overall, you have 15 tracks on this album, 2 live songs, 1 soundcheck and a cover of "Perfect Excuse" which originally appeared on Per's solo album in 2009, Party Crasher
and was song by Helena Josefsson.