CD REVIEW! Roxette - Travelling

Roxette's Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle
Just ahead of the return tour of South Africa (yes, due to public demand!), enormously popular Swedish duo Roxette release their new CD, Travelling. While zigzagging between airports, arenas, hotels and meeting with fans from all over the world, the band also has found time to record the album Travelling. The idea has been to tap into all the positive energy that has boosted the band during this dazzling trip, and channel it to new Roxette music. In short, an album that just like 1992’s Tourism captures the feeling of a band on a roll-constantly on the move, snatching inspiration as they go; recording in hotel rooms, studios, at sound checks and in concert. Roxette’s Travelling is the follow-up to last year’s comeback album, Charm School, which led the band back to touring the world once again. The CD features a mixture of new songs, live recordings and updated versions of old songs. Unlike Charm School, which was Roxette’s attempt at regaining their old sound that started quite good and then ended with a weak second half, Travelling is more effective at accomplishing Charm School‘s goal while also showing a more mature and relaxed side of Roxette in its pacing, lyrics and sound. Marie and Per deal with ballads pop songs and pop/rock songs in a brilliant way. If you are a fan, be sure to see them LIVE on Sunday 3 June at The Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg; 5 June at ICC Durban Arena, Durban; and Friday 8 June at the Grand Arena Grand West Casino, Cape Town.