Have a Nice Day [Bonus Tracks]

Have a Nice Day [Bonus Tracks]

by Roxette

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Have a Nice Day [Bonus Tracks]

In the five years between Roxette's last album, Crash! Boom! Bang! and this, their "comeback" album, pop music had changed considerably. Crash! Boom! Bang! failed, in part, because it was completely out of step with the times; in 1994 grunge, alternative, and rap ruled the charts, but Roxette always produced a relatively crisp and clean brand of pop
ock. In the five years since then, however, Brit-pop brought alternative rock back towards pop, electronica made dance music "cool" again, and bubblegum pop bands like the Spice Girls made unabashed pop fun again. Also, Per Gessle was fresh off from his very rock-oriented 1997 solo album. What resulted, then, was really rather ambitious. Have a Nice Day is an effort to encapsulate Roxette's trademark sound with Brit-pop and electronica, and, by gosh, it works. It's easily as good as any other Roxette album, save maybe only the stellar "Joyride," and it shows that artistically the band is still on top. There's a good deal of emphasis on dance music here, but instead of the indistinguishable dance-pop of the band's early days, the beats seem to be borrowed straight from Fatboy Slim records. That, mixed with Gessle's gritty guitars, makes for a good deal of uptempo rockers ("Crush on You," "7Twenty7," "Stars"). There are also some excellent pop songs, such as the single "Wish I Could Fly" and Gessle's unforgettable "You Can't Put Your Arms Around What's Already Gone," quite possibly the best song he's ever written. As is the case with any Roxette album, however, there are flaws, namely the presence of filler, mostly in the form of pace-destroying ballads. It's a small price to pay, however, for the return of one of the best mainstream pop bands in the past decade. [The album was reissued with bonus tracks in 2009.]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/06/2009
Label: Emd Int'l
UPC: 5099968712020
catalogNumber: 6871202

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roxette   Primary Artist
Jorn Christensen   Electric Guitar
Marie Fredriksson   Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Per Gessle   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,wah wah guitar,Soloist
Jonas Isacsson   Acoustic Guitar,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar
Clarence Ofwerman   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Piano,Glockenspiel,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Clavinet,Hand Clapping,Mellotron,Tubular Bells,wah wah guitar,Mini Moog,Vox Jaguar
M.P. Persson   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Soloist,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Christer Jansson   Percussion,Cymbals,Drums,Maracas,Tambourine,Tom-Tom,Hand Clapping,finger cymbals
Jonas Knutsson   Soprano Saxophone
Peter Lindgard   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Micke Andersson   Acoustic Guitar
Anders Evaldsson   Trombone
Sven Andersson   Tenor Saxophone
Jens Lindgard   Trombone
Staffan Astner   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,E-bow
S.N.Y.K.O.   Strings,String Quartet
Mikael Bolyos   Keyboards
Karla Collantes   Children's Chorus
Malin Gille   Children's Chorus
Cecilia Grothén   Children's Chorus
Michael Ilbert   Synthesizer,Tambourine
Christoffer Lundquist   Bass Guitar,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Zither,Hand Clapping,Snare Drums,6-string bass
Paulina Nilsson   Children's Chorus
Jackie Öfwerman   Children's Chorus
Darina Rönn-Brolin   Children's Chorus
Hasse Dyvik   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Magnus Blom   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Roxette   Art Direction
Marie Fredriksson   Composer,Lyricist,Producer
Per Gessle   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Lyricist,Producer,Demo Engineer
Clarence Ofwerman   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Staffan Ofwerman   Direction
M.P. Persson   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Demo Engineer
Mats Holmquist   Direction
Mikael Bolyos   Programming,Producer,Horn Arrangements,Demo Engineer
Michael Ilbert   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Karl-Magnus   Art Direction
Pär Wickholm   Artwork
Charlie Storm   Programming
Lennart Haglund   Engineer

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