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October 23, 1994|Jean Rosenbluth

Roxette, "Crash! Boom! Bang!,"(***) EMI. As they've done with ABBA and the Carpenters, rock music's intelligentsia 10 years from now are sure to embrace this impossibly un-hip Swedish pair and their kicky melodies, sublimely silly lyrics, stinging guitar and bald teen appeal. On their fourth album, Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson have evolved not a whit, turning out more deliciously overwrought ballads, bubblegum and great almost-grunge.

New albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent).

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