Roxette (Look Sharp)

Official Album Cover

The Album

This must be one of the most iconic albums released by the Swedish Band. Roxette (Look Sharp) is the band’s second studio album released by EMI. Released on 21 October 1988. The album was a commercial success. “The Look” and “Listen to Your Heart” both reached the top of the Billboard 100.

The Swedish rock band led by Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle, burst onto the international music scene with their breakthrough album “Look Sharp!” in 1988. This record not only showcased the band’s undeniable talent but also solidified their status as one of the most exciting acts of the era. “Look Sharp!” remains a timeless gem in Roxette’s discography, delivering a collection of infectiously catchy pop-rock songs that continue to captivate listeners.

The Look

From the opening track, “The Look,” it becomes apparent that “Look Sharp!” is a remarkable blend of rock and pop sensibilities. The song’s energetic guitar riffs, catchy hooks, and Fredriksson’s soulful delivery set the stage for the album’s infectious sound. This hit single would propel Roxette into the global spotlight, setting the tone for the entire album.

One of the album’s standout tracks is “Listen to Your Heart,” a heartfelt ballad that showcases Fredriksson’s incredible vocal range and emotive prowess. With its memorable chorus and soaring guitar solos, the song strikes a perfect balance between power and vulnerability, leaving a lasting impact on listeners. It remains one of Roxette’s most iconic and enduring ballads.

Throughout “Look Sharp!,” Roxette effortlessly delivers one catchy and well-crafted song after another. Tracks like “Dangerous” and “Dressed for Success” exhibit the band’s ability to create infectious pop-rock anthems, filled with irresistible hooks and sing-along choruses. The combination of Per Gessle’s masterful songwriting and Fredriksson’s passionate delivery results in an album that remains both timeless and relevant.

What sets “Look Sharp!” apart is its consistency in quality. There is no weak track to be found on this album. Each song stands on its own, contributing to the cohesive and enjoyable listening experience. From the energetic “Sleeping Single” to the melodic “Chances,” Roxette displays their versatility and ability to create memorable songs across various tempos and styles.

The production of “Look Sharp!” is also worth praising. The album is polished, with its lush instrumentation and carefully crafted arrangements. The blend of guitars, keyboards, and electronic elements creates a rich and textured sound that enhances the impact of each song. The seamless integration of different musical elements allows the album to feel cohesive while still offering surprises along the way.

“Look Sharp!” solidified Roxette’s place in the global music scene, propelling them to international stardom. The album’s commercial success can be attributed to its exceptional songwriting, catchy melodies, and Fredriksson’s powerhouse vocals. It showcased the band’s ability to create radio-friendly hits without sacrificing artistic integrity, earning them a devoted fanbase that continues to grow even today.

Track Listing

  1. The Look
  2. Dressed For Success
  3. Sleeping Single
  4. Paint
  5. Dance Away
  6. Cry
  7. Chances
  8. Dangerous
  9. Hal A Woman, Half A Shadow
  10. View From A Hill
  11. Shadow Of A Doubt
  12. Listen To Your Heart

Conclusion

In conclusion, “Look Sharp!” remains a timeless and essential album in Roxette’s discography. From its infectious hooks and anthemic rock tracks to its heartfelt ballads, the album captures the essence of the band’s talent and artistry. With its impeccable songwriting, powerful performances, and impeccable production, “Look Sharp!” is an exhilarating musical journey that deserves its place as a classic in the rock and pop genre. Whether you’re a longtime fan or new to Roxette’s music, this album is a must-listen that will leave you energized and craving for more.

Dangerous

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Lyrics

Oh, just a little bit dangerous

You pack your bag, you take control
You’re moving into my heart and into my soul
Get out of my way, get out of my sight
I won’t be walking on thin ice to get through the night

Hey, where’s your work? What’s your game?
I know your business but I don’t know your name

Hold on tight, you know she’s a little bit dangerous
She’s got what it takes to make ends meet
The eyes of a lover that hit like heat
You know she’s a little bit dangerous

You turn around, so hot and dry
You’re hiding under a halo, your mouth is alive
Get out of my way (get out of my way), get out of my sight (get out of my sight)
I’m not attracted to go-go deeper tonight

Hey, what’s your word? What’s your game?
I know your business but I don’t know your name

Hold on tight, you know she’s a little bit dangerous
She’s got what it takes to make ends meet
The eyes of a lover that hit like heat
You know she’s a little bit dangerous
Oh, just a little bit dangerous

Hey, what’s your word? What’s your game?
I know your business but I don’t know your name

Hold on tight, you know she’s a little bit dangerous
She’s got what it takes to make ends meet
The eyes of a lover that hit like heat
You know she’s a little bit dangerous
She’s armed, she’s extremely dangerous
She’s got what it takes to make ends meet
The eyes of a lover that hit like heat
You know she’s a little bit dangerous
Oh, just a little bit dangerous

S’agapo
Hey, what’s your word? What’s your game?
I don’t know your name
Hey you, just a little bit dangerous
I don’t know your name

References

Look Sharp! (Roxette album) – Wikipedia