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Room Service
Studio album by Roxette
Released 3 April 2001
Recorded January 2000–January 2001,
Genre Pop
Length 43:40
Label EMI
Producer Clarence Öfwerman,
Per Gessle &
Marie Fredriksson
Roxette chronology
Have a Nice Day
(1999)
Room Service
(2001)
The Ballad Hits
(2002)
Singles from Room Service
  1. "The Centre of the Heart"
    Released: 2001
  2. "Real Sugar"
    Released: 2001
  3. "Milk and Toast and Honey"
    Released: 2001

Room Service is an album released by Swedish pop duo Roxette, on 3 April 2001. The album topped the Swedish charts and reached the upper regions of the charts in many European countries, peaking at #3 in Germany, but was largely ignored in the United Kingdom, peaking only at #120 there. While the album wasn't released in the United States, it did peak at #2 on CNN's Worldbeat album chart.[1]

Contents

Production

The album was a shorter effort than their previous release Have a Nice Day. "The Centre of the Heart" was originally recorded during the Have a Nice Day sessions but was left off the album.

Singles

The album produced three singles; "The Centre of the Heart", "Real Sugar" and "Milk & Toast & Honey". "The Centre of the Heart" peaked at #1 in Sweden and was a minor hit in various European countries. The second single, "Real Sugar", was not a commercial success, and the third and final single, "Milk & Toast & Honey", was the only single from Room Service to be released in the U.K. but was also ultimately unsuccessful.

Critical reception

 Professional reviews
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Aftonbladet 2/5 stars[3]
Expressen 3/5 stars[4]
Göteborgs-Posten 2/5 stars[5]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[6]
MTV Asia 7/10 stars[7]
NA 3/5 stars[8]
Yahoo! Music 4/10 stars[9]

Room Service received a mixed response from critics. "Probably the best Roxette album since Joyride", wrote Leslie Mathew of Allmusic. Room Service is an exciting, immediate, high-gloss pop gem that contains very little filler indeed.".[2] Chili Paddy from MTV Asia also praised the album, "There are many potential hit singles here such as the glorious chirpy sing-along 'Real Sugar'".[7] Carol Sullivan from UK newspaper The Guardian disliked the album, and wrote, "Fredriksson's vocals are compelling yet curiously unengaged as she tries to negotiate Per Gessle's lyrics."[6]

Per Bjurman, from Swedish newspaper, Aftonbladet, bluntly put "It (the album) is not very good.", and thought the album was not original, "Many songs sound like covers of old Roxette material. Perhaps inevitable when you return to 'roots', but a little more imagination may be required." He did praise the three singles, "Real Sugar", "The Centre of the Heart" and "Milk and Toast and Honey", which he called "Roxette's strongest ballad since 'It Must Have Been Love' and 'Listen to Your Heart'", but ended the review with "Roxette is not finished. But soon, I suspect."[3]

The verse from "Jefferson": "Jefferson was always out of luck/I remember when we both grew up/ Jefferson got hit by a westbound truck/I guess that didn't make him look like a million bucks.", also brought a mixed response. Simon P Ward from Yahoo! Music called the verse a "Lyrical gem."[9], while Carol Sullivan from The Guardian put "one of the worst first verses in history."[6]

Artwork

The visual theme to the album sleeve and promo shots, photographed by award-winning director Jonas Åkerlund, was shot at the Californian hotel The Madonna Inn.[10] Even the video for "The Centre of the Heart", directed by Åkerlund, was shot there.[11] The video would go on to be the most expensive Roxette video ever produced, surpassing long-time title holder "Spending My Time" from Roxette's 1991 Joyride album.

European tour

The Room Service World Tour 2001 was Roxette's first tour in over six years, and saw the duo perform live in many parts of Europe except the UK. Planned in South Africa were cancelled after the September 11 terrorist attacks.[12] On reviewing one of their concerts, Bjurman from Aftonbladet was critical of the duo's chosen playlist and suggested that the duo had become too stuck in their past glories.[13] Johan Lindqvist from Göteborgs-Posten was more positive, scoring their Munich concert four stars.[14]

Track listings

CD

All songs written and composed by Per Gessle, except where noted. 

# Title Length
1. "Real Sugar"   3:17
2. "The Centre of the Heart"   3:23
3. "Milk and Toast and Honey"   4:04
4. "Jefferson"   3:51
5. "Little Girl" (Words & music: Fredriksson) 3:37
6. "Looking for Jane"   3:20
7. "Bringing Me Down to My Knees"   3:49
8. "Make My Head Go Pop"   3:23
9. "Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)"   3:13
10. "Fool"   3:53
11. "It Takes You No Time to Get Here"   3:36
12. "My World, My Love, My Life"   4:03
13. "Entering Your Heart" (Extended Version, Bonus track - Japan only) 4:34
48:04

Singles

  • "The Centre of the Heart"
    1. "The Centre of the Heart"
    2. "Entering Your Heart"
  • "Real Sugar"
    1. "Real Sugar"
    2. "It Will Take a Long Long Time" (Modern Rock Version)
    3. "Real Sugar" (Shooting Star Treatment)
    4. "The Centre of the Heart" (Enhanced Video)
  • "Milk and Toast and Honey"
    1. "Milk and Toast and Honey"
    2. "Milk and Toast and Honey" (Active Dance Remix)
    3. "Milk and Toast and Honey" (Shooting Star Treatment)
    4. "Milk and Toast and Honey" (T&A Demo, August 2 and 3rd 1999)
    5. "Real Sugar" (Enhanced Video)

Credits

  • The words & music to all tracks by Per Gessle. Except "Little Girl"; words & music by Marie Fredriksson.
  • Produced by Clarence Öfwerman, Gessle & Fredriksson.
  • Tracks 1, 9 & 11, published by Jimmy Fun Music.
  • Track 5 published by Shock the Music.
  • All other tracks published by HipHappy.
  • Programming by Clarence Öfwerman & Shooting Star with MP Persson & Gessle.
  • Keyboards: Öfwerman, Persson & Gessle.
  • Electric & acoustic guitars: Gessle, Christoffer Lundquist, Jonas Isacsson, Persson, David Birde & Mattias Thorell.
  • Bass guitar: Lundquist.
  • 12 string acoustic guitar: Gessle & Lundquist.
  • Live drums: Christer Jansson.

Charts

Album

Country Position Certification
Austria 4 ---
Finland 10 Gold[15]
Germany 3 Gold[16]
Hungary 18 ---
Netherlands 80 ---
Norway 7 ---
Sweden 1 Platinum[17]
Switzerland 2 Gold[18]
UK 120 ---

External links

References

  1. ^ "CNN's Worldbeat album chart page". www.archive.org. http://web.archive.org/web/20010523185724/http://www.cnn.com/WorldBeat/top30. Retrieved 2009-02-06.  
  2. ^ a b "Allmusic's review of Room Service". www.allmusic.com. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&ql=10:emh9kentsq7n. Retrieved 2009-02-06.  
  3. ^ a b "Aftonbladet's review of Room Service". www.aftonbladet.se. http://www.aftonbladet.se/nojesbladet/article16045.ab. Retrieved 2009-02-06.  
  4. ^ "Expressen's review of Room Service". www.expressen.se/www.archive.org. http://web.archive.org/web/20010413125655/http://www.expressen.se/article.asp?id=62179. Retrieved 2009-12-10.  
  5. ^ "Göteborgs-Posten's review of Room Service". www2.gp.se/www.archive.org. http://web.archive.org/web/20011121143229/www2.gp.se/gp/jsp/Crosslink.jsp?d=172&a=24191. Retrieved 2009-12-10.  
  6. ^ a b c "The Guardian's review of Room Service". www.guardian.co.uk. http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2001/apr/06/shopping. Retrieved 2009-02-06.  
  7. ^ a b "MTV Asia's review of Room Service". www.mtvasia.com. http://new.mtvasia.com/Review/reviewall.php?path=/Review/CD/C2001050301.html&page=1. Retrieved 2009-02-06.  
  8. ^ "Nerikes Allehanda's review of Room Service". www.na.se/www.archive.org. http://www.na.se/meny/recension.asp?page=1&nr=4061. Retrieved 2009-12-10.  
  9. ^ a b "Yahoo! Music's review of Room Service". http://uk.launch.yahoo.com/l_reviews_a/19252.html. Retrieved 2009-02-10.  
  10. ^ Room Service CD liner notes.
  11. ^ "Roxette bio at D&D management". http://www.dndmanagement.com/index.php/biographyroxetteeng.  
  12. ^ "Roxette's official website-from archive". www.archive.org. http://web.archive.org/web/20011122222315/www.roxette.se/news.php?news_id=125.  
  13. ^ "Aftonbladet's review of Roxette concert". www.aftonbladet.se. http://www.aftonbladet.se/nojesbladet/musik/live/article45090.ab. Retrieved 2009-02-06.  
  14. ^ "Göteborgs-Posten's review of Munich concert" (in Swedish). www.archive.org. http://web.archive.org/web/20011023102032/http://www2.gp.se/gp/jsp/Crosslink.jsp?d=286&a=37107.  
  15. ^ "Finland Certifications". IFPI Finland. http://www.ifpi.fi/tilastot/artistit/roxette.  
  16. ^ "IFPI German certifications". www.musikindustrie.de. http://www.musikindustrie.de/gold_platin_datenbank/?action=1&strSuche=Roxette.  
  17. ^ "Swedish Certifications 2001". IFPI Sweden. http://www.ifpi.se/wp/wp-content/uploads/ar-20013.pdf.  
  18. ^ "Swiss Certifications 2001". Swiss IFPI. http://www.swisscharts.com/awards.asp?year=2001.  
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