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Good Karma

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Following the comeback Charm School by five years, Good Karma finds Roxette in a fairly subdued mood. This isn't to say the duo avoids hooks, dynamics, or even faster beats. All three surface on the record's title track and Roxette often return to a steady electronic pulse, sometimes honing it with enough precision to turn it into a neo-disco trifle ("This One"), sometimes polishing it so it's sleek and urban in a manner not dissimilar to Ellie Goulding ("Some Other Summer"); they also play around with jagged rhythms, hiccupping singing, and vocoders on "20 bpm," which proceeds at a tempo just slightly faster than its billing. Despite the welcome quickening of the tempo, most of Good Karma plays like big, polished power ballads, possibly because these kinds of tunes do dominate the record. Even if the scale didn't tip toward the slow ones, the album would still feel like it was soft because Roxette deliberately excise the fizziness that fueled their big hits all in a conscious attempt to play toward their middle age. In that regard, Good Karma is a success -- it's a mature Roxette album that doesn't disavow their past -- but it's hard not to miss the bubblegum Euro style of Look Sharp!
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Why Dontcha?
00:02:45

Christoffer Lundquist, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Backing Vocals, Instruments, MixingEngineer - Marie Fredriksson, Lead Vocals - Per Gessle, Producer, Lead Vocals, Writer, Instruments - Bjørn Engelmann, MasteringEngineer - Helena Josefsson, Backing Vocals - Mats Persson, Engineer - Roxette, MainArtist - Clarence Öfwerman, Producer, Instruments - Addeboy vs Cliff, Engineer

© 2016 Roxette Recordings under exclusive license to Parlophone Music Sweden a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 Roxette Recordings under exclusive license to Parlophone Music Sweden a Warner Music Group Company

2
It Just Happens
00:03:46

Christoffer Lundquist, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Backing Vocals, Instruments, MixingEngineer - Marie Fredriksson, Lead Vocals - Per Gessle, Producer, Lead Vocals, Writer, Instruments - Bjørn Engelmann, MasteringEngineer - Helena Josefsson, Backing Vocals - Mats Persson, Engineer - Roxette, MainArtist - Clarence Öfwerman, Producer, Instruments - Addeboy vs Cliff, Engineer

© 2016 Roxette Recordings under exclusive license to Parlophone Music Sweden a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 Roxette Recordings under exclusive license to Parlophone Music Sweden a Warner Music Group Company

3
Good Karma
00:03:19

Christoffer Lundquist, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Backing Vocals, Instruments, MixingEngineer - Marie Fredriksson, Lead Vocals - Per Gessle, Producer, Lead Vocals, Writer, Instruments - Bjørn Engelmann, MasteringEngineer - Helena Josefsson, Backing Vocals - Mats Persson, Engineer - Roxette, MainArtist - Clarence Öfwerman, Producer, Instruments - Andreas Broberger, Writer - Addeboy vs Cliff, Engineer - Hannes Lindgren, Writer

© 2016 Roxette Recordings under exclusive license to Parlophone Music Sweden a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 Roxette Recordings under exclusive license to Parlophone Music Sweden a Warner Music Group Company

4
This One
00:03:11

Christoffer Lundquist, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Backing Vocals, Instruments, MixingEngineer - Marie Fredriksson, Lead Vocals - Per Gessle, Producer, Lead Vocals, Writer, Instruments - Bjørn Engelmann, MasteringEngineer - Helena Josefsson, Backing Vocals - Mats Persson, Engineer - Roxette, MainArtist - Clarence Öfwerman, Producer, Instruments - Addeboy vs Cliff, Engineer

© 2016 Roxette Recordings under exclusive license to Parlophone Music Sweden a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 Roxette Recordings under exclusive license to Parlophone Music Sweden a Warner Music Group Company

5
You Make It Sound so Simple
00:03:42

Christoffer Lundquist, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Backing Vocals, Instruments, MixingEngineer - Marie Fredriksson, Lead Vocals - Per Gessle, Producer, Lead Vocals, Writer, Instruments - Bjørn Engelmann, MasteringEngineer - Helena Josefsson, Backing Vocals - Mats Persson, Engineer - Roxette, MainArtist - Clarence Öfwerman, Producer, Instruments - Andreas Broberger, Writer - Addeboy vs Cliff, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Instruments - Hannes Lindgren, Writer

© 2016 Roxette Recordings under exclusive license to Parlophone Music Sweden a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 Roxette Recordings under exclusive license to Parlophone Music Sweden a Warner Music Group Company

6
From a Distance
00:03:30

Christoffer Lundquist, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Backing Vocals, Instruments, MixingEngineer - Marie Fredriksson, Lead Vocals - Per Gessle, Producer, Lead Vocals, Writer, Instruments - Bjørn Engelmann, MasteringEngineer - Helena Josefsson, Backing Vocals - Mats Persson, Engineer - Roxette, MainArtist - Clarence Öfwerman, Producer, Instruments - Addeboy vs Cliff, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Instruments

© 2016 Roxette Recordings under exclusive license to Parlophone Music Sweden a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 Roxette Recordings under exclusive license to Parlophone Music Sweden a Warner Music Group Company

7
Some Other Summer
00:03:08

Christoffer Lundquist, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Backing Vocals, Instruments, MixingEngineer - Marie Fredriksson, Lead Vocals - Per Gessle, Producer, Lead Vocals, Writer, Instruments - Bjørn Engelmann, MasteringEngineer - Helena Josefsson, Backing Vocals - Mats Persson, Engineer - Roxette, MainArtist - Clarence Öfwerman, Producer, Instruments - Addeboy vs Cliff, Engineer

© 2016 Roxette Recordings under exclusive license to Parlophone Music Sweden a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 Roxette Recordings under exclusive license to Parlophone Music Sweden a Warner Music Group Company

8
Why Don't You Bring Me Flowers?
00:03:32

Christoffer Lundquist, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Backing Vocals, Instruments, MixingEngineer - Marie Fredriksson, Lead Vocals - Per Gessle, Producer, Lead Vocals, Writer, Instruments - Bjørn Engelmann, MasteringEngineer - Helena Josefsson, Backing Vocals - Mats Persson, Engineer - Roxette, MainArtist - Clarence Öfwerman, Producer, Instruments - Addeboy vs Cliff, Engineer

© 2016 Roxette Recordings under exclusive license to Parlophone Music Sweden a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 Roxette Recordings under exclusive license to Parlophone Music Sweden a Warner Music Group Company

9
You Can't Do This to Me Anymore
00:03:50

Christoffer Lundquist, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Backing Vocals, Instruments, MixingEngineer - Marie Fredriksson, Lead Vocals - Per Gessle, Producer, Lead Vocals, Writer, Instruments - Bjørn Engelmann, MasteringEngineer - Helena Josefsson, Backing Vocals - Mats Persson, Engineer, Writer, Instruments - Roxette, MainArtist - Clarence Öfwerman, Producer, Instruments - Addeboy vs Cliff, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Instruments

© 2016 Roxette Recordings under exclusive license to Parlophone Music Sweden a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 Roxette Recordings under exclusive license to Parlophone Music Sweden a Warner Music Group Company

10
20 BPM
00:03:48

Christoffer Lundquist, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Backing Vocals, Instruments, MixingEngineer - Marie Fredriksson, Lead Vocals - Per Gessle, Producer, Lead Vocals, Writer, Instruments - Bjørn Engelmann, MasteringEngineer - Helena Josefsson, Backing Vocals - Mats Persson, Engineer - Roxette, MainArtist - Clarence Öfwerman, Producer, Instruments - Andreas Broberger, Writer - Addeboy vs Cliff, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Instruments - Hannes Lindgren, Writer

© 2016 Roxette Recordings under exclusive license to Parlophone Music Sweden a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 Roxette Recordings under exclusive license to Parlophone Music Sweden a Warner Music Group Company

11
April Clouds
00:03:30

Christoffer Lundquist, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Backing Vocals, Instruments, MixingEngineer - Marie Fredriksson, Lead Vocals - Per Gessle, Producer, Lead Vocals, Writer, Instruments - Bjørn Engelmann, MasteringEngineer - Helena Josefsson, Backing Vocals - Mats Persson, Engineer - Roxette, MainArtist - Clarence Öfwerman, Producer, Instruments - Addeboy vs Cliff, Engineer

© 2016 Roxette Recordings under exclusive license to Parlophone Music Sweden a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 Roxette Recordings under exclusive license to Parlophone Music Sweden a Warner Music Group Company

Album Description

Following the comeback Charm School by five years, Good Karma finds Roxette in a fairly subdued mood. This isn't to say the duo avoids hooks, dynamics, or even faster beats. All three surface on the record's title track and Roxette often return to a steady electronic pulse, sometimes honing it with enough precision to turn it into a neo-disco trifle ("This One"), sometimes polishing it so it's sleek and urban in a manner not dissimilar to Ellie Goulding ("Some Other Summer"); they also play around with jagged rhythms, hiccupping singing, and vocoders on "20 bpm," which proceeds at a tempo just slightly faster than its billing. Despite the welcome quickening of the tempo, most of Good Karma plays like big, polished power ballads, possibly because these kinds of tunes do dominate the record. Even if the scale didn't tip toward the slow ones, the album would still feel like it was soft because Roxette deliberately excise the fizziness that fueled their big hits all in a conscious attempt to play toward their middle age. In that regard, Good Karma is a success -- it's a mature Roxette album that doesn't disavow their past -- but it's hard not to miss the bubblegum Euro style of Look Sharp!
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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