Charm School (Roxette album)

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Charm School
Studio album by Roxette
Released 11 February 2011
Recorded 2009–2010, Aerosol Grey Machine Studio, Vallarum (Sweden)
Genre Jangle pop, power pop
Label EMI
Producer Clarence Öfwerman
Christoffer Lundquist
Per Gessle
Marie Fredriksson
Roxette chronology
The Rox Box/Roxette 86-06
(2006)
Charm School
(2011)
Travelling
(2012)
Singles from Charm School
  1. "She's Got Nothing On (But the Radio)"
    Released: 7 January 2011
  2. "Speak to Me"
    Released: 18 April 2011
  3. "Way Out"
    Released: 10 June 2011
  4. "No One Makes It on Her Own"
    Released: 28 November 2011

Charm School is the eighth studio album by Swedish pop duo Roxette, released on 11 February 2011. It is Roxette's first studio album in 10 years since 2001's Room Service[1] and was the duo's biggest chart success since 1992's Tourism in countries like Germany and Switzerland, where it reached number one.

According to their official website, the album was released on CD and LP. A deluxe edition, including a bonus CD with 12 live tracks was also available. These songs were recorded in Saint Petersburg, Halmstad and Stavanger during their 2010 Tour.[2] Charm School had been certificated Gold in Sweden, Austria, Germany, Russia and Czech Republic within 4 months of its release, and was eventually certified Platinum in Germany for shipments of over 200,000 units.[3]

A digital-only American release for the album was released on 26 July 2011. On 28 November 2011, the album was re-released under the title Charm School Revisited with a bonus disc containing demo versions of every track from the album, plus two remixes of "She's Got Nothing On (But the Radio)" and one of "Speak to Me".

Background[edit]

On 23 October 2009, the Swedish newspaper Expressen reported that Roxette were recording new songs. Per stated that he had been working on new material for an upcoming album since May 2009.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[5]
The AU Review (6/10)[6]
BBC Music (positive)[7]
Dagens Nyheter 3/5 stars[8]
Expressen 2/5 stars[9]
Göteborgs-Posten 2/5 stars[10]
musicOMH 2/5 stars[11]
Svenska Dagbladet 1/6 stars[12]

Charm School was chosen as BBC Radio 2's album of the week for the week commencing 21 March 2011. It received a positive review from BBC music critic Chris Roberts, who commented, "Charm School is loaded with punchy, hook-riddled anthems that can only be described as absolute belters. From the opening surge of "Way Out", a sonic sibling to Joan Jett's "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" only even bigger, louder and dumber, this album consummately achieves its goals and then some."[7] Stephen Thomas Erlewine from Allmusic wrote, "Roxette may be a band out of time on Charm School but, well, that’s their charm: they’re still unapologetically big pop, they still celebrate melody over everything else."[5]

Spin magazine voted Charm School the 15th best pop album in 2011, saying "Even more influential than ABBA on the Swedes behind Britney, Kelly and Ke$ha, these masters of the pre-grunge pop airwaves return from the near-dead for a thrilling third act of classic rock riffage, supercharged sugar hooks, and soul-aching choruses bigger than the national debt".[13]

Reception from Swedish newspapers was less positive, Anders Nunstedt from Expressen wrote, "Charm School is a clear return to the successful sound the duo had. Just a little boring. Without the former charm." Charm School is middle-of-the-road pop at 70 kph with no specific destination."[9] Andres Lokko form Svenska Dagbladet gave a scathing review, scoring the album one star and said "Often I found myself thinking about how there is too much pop music, to ever be able to find a single reason for this album's existence."[12]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Per Gessle

No. Title Length
1. "Way Out"   2:46
2. "No One Makes It on Her Own"   3:43
3. "She's Got Nothing On (But the Radio)"   3:34
4. "Speak to Me"   3:42
5. "I'm Glad You Called"   2:48
6. "Only When I Dream"   3:51
7. "Dream On"   3:09
8. "Big Black Cadillac"   3:05
9. "In My Own Way"   3:30
10. "After All"   3:15
11. "Happy on the Outside"   3:39
12. "Sitting on Top of the World"   3:55
Total length:
40:57

Vinyl edition[edit]

According to a news entry on their official website, from 26 December 2010 the LP will contain a longer version of "No One Makes It on Her Own" (3:58) and a slower version of "Speak to Me".[14]

Outtakes[edit]

  • "Charm School"[15] (later retitled "Touched by the Hand of God" and included on their next studio album Travelling)[16]

Credits[edit]

  • Marie Fredriksson - Vocals
  • Per Gessle - Vocals & guitar
  • Clarence Ofwerman - Keyboards, programming & string arrangement
  • Christoffer Lundquist - Bass, guitar, keyboards, programming & string arrangement
  • Jens Jansson - Live Drums
  • Strings – Lotta Weber Sjöholm, Emil Carlsson, Johanna Skoglund & Tomas Ebrelius

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Certification
Argentinian Albums Chart[17] 1
Australian Albums Chart[18] 49
Austrian Albums Chart[19] 2
Belgium (Flanders)[20] 27
Belgium (Wallonia)[21] 57
Czech Albums Chart[22] 1 Gold[23]
Danish Albums Chart[24] 11
Dutch Albums Chart[25] 21
Finnish Albums Chart[26] 22
German Albums Chart[27] 1 Platinum[3][28]
German Downloads Chart[29] 1
Greek Albums Chart[30] 15
Hungarian Albums Chart[31] 16
Italian Albums Chart 45
Norwegian Albums Chart[32] 26
Polish Album Charts[33] 16
Russian Album Charts[34] 8 Gold[35]
Spanish Albums Chart[36] 14
Swedish Albums Chart[25] 2 Gold[37]
Swiss Albums Chart[38] 1 Gold[35]

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Position
Austrian Albums Chart[39] 56
German Albums Chart[40] 26
Swiss Albums Chart[41] 19

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "Roxette spelar in nytt material". Expressen (in Swedish). 2009-10-23. Retrieved 2012-01-09. 
  5. ^ a b Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Charm School - Roxette". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  6. ^ Nick Mason (2011-02-07). "Roxette - Charm School (2011 LP)". The AU Review. Retrieved 2011-02-05. 
  7. ^ a b Chris Roberts (2011-03-18). "Music - Review of Roxette - Charm School". BBC Music. Retrieved 2011-03-19. 
  8. ^ Hansson, Nils (2011-02-09). "Roxette: Charm School". Dagens Nyheter. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
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  10. ^ Andersson, Jan (2011-02-09). "Roxette: Charm School". Göteborgs-Posten. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  11. ^ Dillingham, Victoria (2011-03-28). "Roxette - Charm School". musicOMH. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
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  13. ^ "20 best pop albums of 2011". Spin. 2011-12-15. Retrieved 2012-01-09. 
  14. ^ Roxette – News
  15. ^ Per tells TDR that he ad Marie are "thrilled" with what's to come in 2011 – The Daily Roxette
  16. ^ Travelling Tracklist
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  19. ^ "Austrian Charts". GoTV. Retrieved 2011-02-22. 
  20. ^ "Belgian charts archive". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  21. ^ "Belgian charts archive". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-02-25. 
  22. ^ "ČNS IFPI". Hitparáda – TOP50 Prodejní (in Czech). IFPI Czech Republic. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  23. ^ Roxette receives golden record for Charm School
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  25. ^ a b "Charm School Charts". aCharts'. 2011-02-18. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  26. ^ "Finnish Charm School Charts". Hung Medien. 2011-02-25. Retrieved 2011-02-25. 
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  28. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Roxette)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 2012-01-09. 
  29. ^ Lady Gaga stürmt internationale Download-Charts
  30. ^ "Greek Album Charts". IFPI Greece. Retrieved 2011-03-19. 
  31. ^ "MAHASZ – Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége". mahasz.hu. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  32. ^ "Norwegian album charts". Norwegian Album Charts. Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
  33. ^ "OLIS – Official Retail Sales chart". www.olis.onyx.pl. 2010-02-25. Retrieved 2011-02-25. 
  34. ^ "Маленький праздник". lenta.ru. 2011-03-18. Retrieved 2011-03-18. 
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  36. ^ "Charm School Charts" (in Spanish). Promusicae'. 2011-02-23. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  37. ^ "Official Swedish charts website". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
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  39. ^ "Ö3 Austria Top 40 - Longplay Charts 2011". Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 2012-01-09. 
  40. ^ "Album Jahrescharts 2011". MTV Germany. Retrieved 2012-01-09. 
  41. ^ "SCHWEIZER JAHRESHITPARADE 2011". http://hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2012-01-02. 

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