Musician - 12/2, p.96
"..offers both pop confidence and puckish wit...Roxette's real brilliance isn't apparent until 'Fingertips' or 'Here Comes The Weekend'--songs they may have tossed off while on tour, but are too damned catchy to count as throwaways.."
Roxette: Per Gessle (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Marie Fredriksson (vocals).
Additional personnel: Jonas Isaacson (guitar, mandolin); M.P. Persson (acoustic guitar); Greg Leisz (steel guitar); Vicki Benckert (accordion, background vocals, percussion); Clarence Ofwerman (keyboards, programming); Anders Herrlin (bass, programming); Pelle Alsing (drums, percussion); Alar Suurna (maracas, tambourine); Staffan Ofwerman (percussion, background vocals); Mia Lindgren (background vocals).
Engineers include: M.P. Persson, Lennart Haglund, Anders Herrlin.
Recorded at Nas Nuvens Studio, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; Ocean Way Studios, Los Angeles, California; Medley, Copenhagen, Denmark; EMI Studios, Stockholm, Sweden; Sydney, Australia; Zurich, Switzerland; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Santiago, Chile; Tits & Ass Studio, Halmstad, Sweden.
Personnel: Marie Fredriksson (vocals, piano); Jonas Isacsson (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin); Per Gessle (guitar, acoustic guitar, harmonica); M.P. Persson (guitar, acoustic guitar); Magnus Persson (guitar); Greg Leisz (steel guitar); Vicki Benckert (accordion, background vocals); Bo Eriksson (oboe); Clarence ™fwerman (piano, keyboards, programming); Pelle Alsing (drums, percussion); Alar Suurna (maracas, tambourine); Staffan Ofwerman (tabla, tambourine, percussion, background vocals); Anders Herrlin (programming); Mia Lindgren (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Clarence ™fwerman; Alar Suurna; Per Gessle.
Recording information: 150 Night Club, Sao Paulo, Brazil [live] (1991-1992); EMI Studios, Stockholm, Sweden (1991-1992); Entertainment Center, Sydney Australia (1991-1992); Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia [live] (1991-1992); Nas Nuvens Studios, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (1991-1992); Ocean Way Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA (1991-1992); Room 603 Alvear Palace Hotel, Buenos Aires, Argentina (1991-1992); San Carlos Alpoqindo, Santiago, Chile [live] (1991-1992); Tits & Ass Studio, Halmstad, Sweden (1991-1992).
Photographers: Matt Murray; Henry Diltz; Mattias Edwall.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Pelle Alsing; Bo Eriksson; Alar Suurna.
Mostly recorded live, much of Tourism, a worthy compilation of hits, misses, and new cuts, spotlights how strong an act they are even without the benefit of studio production. From the lead song, "How Do You Do!," a perfectly presented pop ditty, bright and sunny as summer, to a rejuvenated version of one of their biggest hits, "It Must Have Been Love" -- you have to hear 45,000 Chileans singing back-up to truly appreciate what was one of their least affecting ballads -- you come to appreciate what true pop craftsmanship is. A spare "Things Will Never Be the Same," on which the two share lead vocals with only the backing of an acoustic guitar, and the haunting, hopeful "Queen of Rain" are both so accomplished they should have been released as singles. As with their previous album, Joyride, there is very little filler on this disc; though "So Far Away" and "Here Comes the Weekend" are a bit routine, they are still well-crafted and well-presented ballads. Not quite a greatest hits package, this is your best bet as an introduction to Roxette. ~ Bryan Buss