roxette - "it must have been love (christmas for the lonely)" / by Zack Free

an exquisitely crafted power ballad that balances the bombast of 80s pop with a glass-like delicateness. marie fredriksson’s vocal corresponds, powerful but vulnerable and almost inhumanly perfect. the bridge even opts for bruce hornsby-esque piano, dodging the guitar solo cheese that many of roxette’s contemporaries would have given in to. it’s a fragile tour de force

 

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