Travelling (album)

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Travelling
Studio album by Roxette
Released 26 March 2012 (most countries)
2 April 2012 (UK)
5 June 2012 (US)
Genre Pop
Label EMI
Producer Clarence Öfwerman
Christoffer Lundquist
Per Gessle
Roxette chronology
Charm School
(2011)
Travelling
(2012)
Live - Travelling The World
(2013)
Singles from Travelling
  1. "It's Possible"
    Released: 2 March 2012

Travelling: Songs from Studios, Stages, Hotelrooms & Other Strange Places is the ninth studio album by Swedish pop music duo Roxette, released 26 March 2012 by EMI.[1]

Originally titled Tourism 2, the album is a direct sequel to the 1992 album of the same name. The album's name went through several revisions before release − including 2rism and T2 − on the insistence of record label EMI, who claimed that "titles with numbers aren't good".[2]

The album entered the top ten in four countries, including Sweden and Germany, and was preceded by lead single "It's Possible" on 2 March 2012.[3]

Song information[edit]

Much like the original Tourism album, Travelling matches its predecessor in that it features a mix of both new songs and re-workings of previously unreleased older material. "See Me", which was originally an out-take from the Crash! Boom! Bang! sessions and released on the "Salvation" single, appears on the album in a "totally new recording, except Marie's [vocal]", while "Turn of the Tide" was written during the Have a Nice Day sessions in 1998 and first recorded during the Travelling sessions in a studio in Sun City. "Touched by the Hand of God" was originally the title track of their previous studio album Charm School. The album also contains "The Weight of the World", which first appeared as a b-side on the "A Thing About You" single in 2002, and a new version of "Perfect Excuse" from Per Gessle's 2008 solo album Party Crasher featuring shared vocal duties between Marie and Helena Josefsson. This will be the first track in Roxette's history not to feature any backing vocals from Gessle, who explained that he "always wanted to hear Marie sing that song, 'cause it's beautiful. On my album, it's me singing the verse and Helena doing the chorus, and this is just Marie and Helena singing it. It's [...] very different to the original."[4]

The album also features three live songs, including a live version of "She's Got Nothing On (But the Radio)" recorded in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 16 April 2011, a performance of "Stars" taken from a soundcheck in Dubai on 20 May 2011, and an orchestral performance of "It Must Have Been Love" from their Night of the Proms set in Rotterdam in 2009.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Per Gessle, except "See Me" composed by Marie Fredriksson. 

No. Title Length
1. "Me & You & Terry & Julie"   3:45
2. "Lover, Lover, Lover"   3:59
3. "Turn of the Tide"   4:10
4. "Touched by the Hand of God"   3:48
5. "Easy Way Out"   3:38
6. "It's Possible" (Version One) 2:38
7. "Perfect Excuse"   3:40
8. "Excuse Me, Sir, Do You Want Me to Check on Your Wife?"   4:15
9. "Angel Passing"   2:46
10. "Stars" (Soundcheck, Dubai, 20 May 2011) 3:35
11. "The Weight of the World" (Vocal Up Mix) 2:52
12. "She's Got Nothing On (But the Radio)" (Live in Rio de Janeiro, 16 April 2011) 4:41
13. "See Me" (new version) 3:48
14. "It's Possible" (version two) 2:44
15. "It Must Have Been Love" (Night of the Proms, Rotterdam, 2009) 4:17
Total length:
54:36

Album charts[edit]

Charts (2012) Peak
position
Argentina (CAPIF)[7] 5
Austria (Ö3)[8] 15
Belgium (Flanders) (Ultratop 50)[9] 78
Czech Republic (IFPI)[10] 8
Denmark (Tracklisten)[11] 30
Finland (Mitä Hitti)[12] 27
Germany (Media Control)[13] 7
Hungary (Mahasz)[14] 34
Netherlands (MegaCharts)[15] 32
Norway (VG-Lista)[16] 36
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[17] 32
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[18] 7
Switzerland (Hitparade)[19] 12
United Kingdom (OCC)[20] 143

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Roxette – Travelling". The Daily Roxette. 2012-01-31. Retrieved 2012-02-01. 
  2. ^ "Titles with numbers aren't good". The Daily Roxette. 2012-02-22. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  3. ^ "The new single is "It's Possible"". The Daily Roxette. 2012-02-29. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  4. ^ "Travelling tracklist revealed". The Daily Roxette. 2012-02-27. 
  5. ^ a b "TRAVELLING: 54 minutes, 45 seconds". RoxetteBlog. 2012-03-05. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  6. ^ "Travelling (2LP) (Vinyl LP)". CDON. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  7. ^ "Ranking semanal pop – Date: 2012-04-08". CAPIF. Retrieved 2012-04-18. 
  8. ^ "Austrian charts". austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-04-05. 
  9. ^ "Belgian Flanders charts". ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  10. ^ "Czech album charts". IFPI Czech Republic. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  11. ^ "Danish charts". danishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-04-10. 
  12. ^ "Finnish charts". finnishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-04-10. 
  13. ^ "German albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  14. ^ "MAHASZ – Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége". mahasz.hu. Retrieved 2012-04-05. 
  15. ^ "Dutch charts". dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-04-05. 
  16. ^ "Norwegian charts". norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-04-05. 
  17. ^ "Spanish charts". spanishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-04-10. 
  18. ^ "Swedish charts". swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-04-10. 
  19. ^ "Swiss charts". hitparade.ch. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-04-10. 
  20. ^ "UK album chart – week 14 2012". zobbel.de. Retrieved 2012-04-14.