Good Karma

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Good Karma
Roxette - Good Karma.jpg
Studio album by Roxette
Released June 3, 2016 (2016-06-03)
Genre Pop, electronic
Length 38:09
Label Parlophone, Roxette
Producer Christoffer Lundquist, Clarence Öfwerman, Per Gessle
Roxette chronology
The RoxBox!: A Collection of Roxette's Greatest Songs
(2015)The RoxBox!: A Collection of Roxette's Greatest Songs2015
Good Karma
(2016)
Singles from Good Karma
  1. "It Just Happens"
    Released: April 8, 2016 (2016-04-08)
  2. "Some Other Summer[1]"
    Released: June 17, 2016 (2016-06-17)
  3. "Why Don't You Bring Me Flowers?"
    Released: November 4, 2016 (2016-11-04)

Good Karma is the tenth studio album by Swedish pop rock duo Roxette. The album was released on 3 June 2016 by Parlophone and Roxette Recordings. It is the first album under a new international recording contract with Parlophone's parent company, Warner Music Group.[2] "It Just Happens" was released as the album's first single on 8 April 2016. Per Gessle said of the album: "For the new record, we wanted to combine our classic Roxette sound with a modern and slightly unpredictable production to create a soundscape where you would both recognise our sound and find something new."[2]

The duo were scheduled to support the album with the final leg of the RoXXXette 30th Anniversary Tour, beginning on 3 June 2016, but it was cancelled as lead singer Marie Fredriksson was advised by doctors to refrain for touring due to her health. Marie has since sent a thank you to fans for their kind wishes and that she "simply isn't strong enough" for the touring life but looks forward to releasing the new album".[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Aftonbladet3/5 stars[4]
AllMusic3/5 stars[5]
Dagens Nyheter2/5 stars[6]
Renowned for Sound5/5 stars[7]
The Music3/5 stars[8]
Stuff.co.nz2/5 stars[9]
Sputnikmusic2.5/5[10]

German news site Mittelbayerische Zeitung rated the album "impressive", praising the album opener "Why Don'tcha?" and "From a Distance".[11]

Markus Larsson of Sweden's biggest newspaper Aftonbladet praised the album and said the closing track "April Clouds" would be a "beautiful goodbye" should this be the duo's final album.[4]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album was a commercial success upon release. It debuted at number 1 in the Czech Republic, number 2 in Switzerland and the duo's native Sweden, and made the top 10 in Austria, Hungary, Brazil, Russia and Spain. It became the first Roxette studio album to enter the top 100 in the United Kingdom since 1999's Have a Nice Day, debuting at number 61 in its first week with sales of 1,682 units.[12] In Australia, it entered and peaked at number 25, the duo's highest placement there since Crash! Boom! Bang! in 1994.[13]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Per Gessle.

No.TitleMusicProducer(s)Length
1."Why Dontcha?"GessleChristoffer Lundquist, Clarence Öfwerman, Gessle2:46
2."It Just Happens"GessleLundquist, Öfwerman, Gessle3:46
3."Good Karma"Andreas Broberger, Gessle, Hannes LindgrenLundquist, Öfwerman, Gessle3:19
4."This One"GessleLundquist, Öfwerman, Gessle3:12
5."You Make It Sound So Simple"Broberger, Gessle, LindgrenLundquist, Öfwerman, Gessle, Addeboy vs. Cliff[b]3:42
6."From a Distance"GessleAddeboy vs. Cliff, Lundquist[a], Gessle[a]3:31
7."Some Other Summer"GessleLundquist, Öfwerman, Gessle3:09
8."Why Don't You Bring Me Flowers?"GessleLundquist, Öfwerman, Gessle3:32
9."You Can't Do This to Me Anymore"Gessle, Mats PerssonLundquist, Öfwerman, Gessle, Addeboy vs. Cliff[b]3:50
10."20 BPM"Broberger, Gessle, LindgrenLundquist, Öfwerman, Gessle, Addeboy vs. Cliff[b]3:48
11."April Clouds"GessleLundquist, Öfwerman, Gessle3:30

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[b] signifies backing track production

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[14] 25
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[15] 10
Brazilian Albums (ABPD)[16] 8
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[17] 18
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[18] 50
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[19] 1
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[20] 52
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[21] 36
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[22] 20
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[23] 11
Greek Albums (IFPI)[24] 69
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[25] 6
Italian Albums (FIMI)[26] 90
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[27] 29
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[28] 36
Russian Albums (2M)[29] 4
Scottish Albums (OCC)[30] 44
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[31] 10
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[32] 2
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[33] 2
UK Albums (OCC)[34] 61

References[edit]

  1. ^ Some Other Summer - EP by Roxette on Apple Music
  2. ^ a b "New Single and Album from Swedish Icons Roxette". Warner Music Group Official Website. 
  3. ^ Roxette - News
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  5. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine". Retrieved 2016-06-06. 
  6. ^ Hansson, Nils (2016-06-01). "Roxette: Good karma". Dagens Nyheter. Retrieved 2016-06-06. 
  7. ^ Veevers, Brandon (31 May 2016). "ALBUM REVIEW: ROXETTE – GOOD KARMA". Renowned for Sound. Retrieved 31 May 2018. 
  8. ^ McLoughlan, Tyler (2 June 2016). "Roxette - Good Karma". The Music. themusic.com.au. Retrieved 30 May 2018. 
  9. ^ MCKEE, HANNAH (June 12, 2016). "Album Review: Roxette's Good Karma". Stuff.co.nz. stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 30 May 2018. 
  10. ^ "Roxette: Good Karma". Sputnikmusic. sputnikmusic.com. Retrieved 30 May 2018. 
  11. ^ http://www.mittelbayerische.de/kultur/musik/kritik/roxette-good-karma-21927-art1386277.html
  12. ^ Jones, Alan (10 June 2016). "Official Charts Analysis: Paul Simon nets seventh No.1 album". Music Week. Retrieved 13 June 2016. 
  13. ^ "Jimmy Barnes snares record-matching 11th #1 album". ARIA Charts. June 11, 2016. Retrieved June 12, 2016. 
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  19. ^ "Czech Albums – Top 100". ČNS IFPI. Note: On the chart page, select 201623 on the field besides the word "Zobrazit", and then click over the word to retrieve the correct chart data. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
  20. ^ Treo, Thomas (June 15, 2016). "Helt færdige: Stakkels Roxette" (in Danish). Ekstra Bladet. Retrieved June 16, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Roxette – Good Karma" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved June 10, 2016.
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  23. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Roxette – Good Karma" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved June 10, 2016.
  24. ^ "Official IFPI Charts – Top 75 Albums Sales Chart (Week: 23/2016)". IFPI Greece. Archived from the original on June 22, 2016. Retrieved June 22, 2016. 
  25. ^ "Top 40 album DVD és válogatáslemez-lista – 2016. 22. hét" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ. Retrieved June 11, 2016.
  26. ^ "Album – Classifica settimanale WK 23 (dal 2016-06-03 al 2016-06-09)" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved June 10, 2016. 
  27. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Roxette – Good Karma". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 11, 2016.
  28. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLiS - Official Retail Sales Chart". OLiS. Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
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