Review: Roxette's 2011 album Charm School


Staff member
Roxette's 2011 album Charm School packs as much gritty determination into their music as the duo has needed in their battle of the past 10 years.

The two don't care if years have passed. They power on and, if you ask me, triumph over evil.

Evil which broke them up in the first place, when Marie Fredriksson was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Evil which stopped the music for her. Evil which tried to steal her confidence so she and they would never return.

Charm School is loaded with punchy, hook-riddled pop anthems which have you humming to tunes you're not sure you even recognise long after you've turned off the sound system and locked the car.

A clear we've-got-nothing-to-prove attitude laces almost every track meaning some are just pure belters and others leave you a little unsure.

She's Got Nothing On (But The Radio) has a great electronic funk and feels a little lost in time — but, just as they are, it also works. Then you have songs like Speak To Me and Dream On, which could almost transport you back to the '80s with their fun synth edge.

If you're looking for something new or even a Roxette greatest hits feel, you'll be disappointed. If you're willing to look past the sometimes cheesy interludes and obvious modulations (key changes, or that bit where it goes a bit a higher about two thirds of the way through) then get ready for a happy ride into the office.