Swedish New Wave duo Roxette is back with greatest hits album and new material 

July 26 will mark a strange day in the 25-year history of Swedish New Wave duo Roxette.

Yes, that’s when they happen to be releasing their 12-song “Greatest Hits” anthology, including catalog chestnuts like “Joyride,” “Dangerous,” “The Look” and “It Must Have Been Love.” But simultaneously, they’re also putting out a brand-new 12-track album, “Charm School,” in a sounded they’ve dubbed “updated classic Roxette.”

It’s their first material since “Room Service,” a full decade ago, and it includes “Way Out,” “Sitting On Top Of The World,” and a recently-unearthed song composer Per Gessle penned way back in 1984, “In My Own Way.”

Why the 10-year delay? Serious reasons.

In 2002, blonde frontvixen Marie Fredriksson was diagnosed with a brain tumor, from which she’s now fully recovered. By 2009, in fact, she was feeling so rejuvenated she rejoined Gessle for a handful of Roxette dates, then an entire worldwide “Night Of The Proms” juggernaut. Now, they’re firing on all six and ready for a full-scale U.S. comeback. And their modus operandi hasn’t changed in all this time, swears Gessle — he still writes songs for Fredriksson’s voice, exclusively.

Welcome them back at www.roxette.se.

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