Roxette: Per Gessle (vocals, guitar); Marie Fredriksson (vocals).
Additional personnel: Jonas Isacsson, Eric Borelius, Morris Michael (guitar); Janne Oldaeus (slide guitar); Jalle Lorensson (harmonica); Eric Hausler, Adam McCulloch (saxophone); Clarence Owferman, Andrew Wright (keyboards, programming); Anders Herrlin (bass, programming); Graham Edwards (bass); Pelle Alsing (drums).
Recorded at EMI Studios, Stockholm, Sweden.
Personnel: Morris Michael, Jonas Isacsson (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Erik Borelius (guitar, Spanish guitar); Janne Oldaeus (slide guitar); Jalle Lorensson (harmonica); Adam McCullough, Adam McCulloch, Erik Hausler (saxophone); Clarence ™fwerman, Andrew Wright (keyboards, programming); Graham Edward (bass guitar); Pelle Alsing (drums, cymbals, hi-hat); Anders Herrlin (programming).
Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson exploded onto the pop radar screen with Look Sharp!, which spawned four big hits: the bright, shiny "The Look," the punchy, hopeful "Dressed for Success," the A/C-leaning "Dangerous," and the bland, overproduced "Listen to Your Heart." The cuts that weren't released as singles aren't necessarily filler, but they also aren't as strong as many of the cuts that made up Roxette albums that followed, particularly Joyride and Tourism (Songs From Studios, Stages, Hotelrooms & Other Strange Places). The non-releases are nothing memorable, and they don't age well, "Paint" and "Dance Away" in particular being pretty average in terms of production and melody. Only "Chances" and "Shadow of a Doubt" show glimmers of the skills the duo would soon flourish. Gessle and Fredriksson became artists at crafting superb pop melodies and surrounding them with amazing production, so think of this album as basic training. ~ Bryan Buss