Tim: It’s just over thirty years since Roxette’s first single, and yet here they are, still banging out the tunes. The third off the tenth album, which so far we’ve quite enjoyed. Care to press play?
Tim: It’s no It Just Happens – think the time’s coming up to guarantee that a place in the shortlist for Tim’s Favourite Track of 2016 – but it’s a solid third track from an album. To be honest it’s a track I have difficulty pinning down.
Tom: Yes, that’s fair. These sort of user-generated videos just tend to distract me from the song, so I had it in a background tab: and I realised that my attention was ebbing and flowing. It’s… it’s nice? I can’t think of a better adjective.
Tim: The ah-ah-ah-aaah-ah-ah-ah-ah running throughout is very pleasant, and there’s no disputing the quality to production, but then the quiet openings to both verses are an odd choice, though – the pacing of the first vocal couplet seems very odd without the backing underneath to give it a bit of context.
Tom: Right! As soon as the track starts to kick back in — notably that very 90s synth bit out of the middle eight — I really like it again.
Tim: Sure, and also the slow-paced portion of the first chorus is lovely, in a Cara Mia style – though with the weird structure of the song it seems almost like the middle eight got dropped in 90 seconds too early. In fact, I think that’s my main issue with it – it doesn’t quite follow a structure I’m used to, and now I feel a bit disconcerted. It’s very nice, though.