RELEASE
1986
LABEL
EMI Music Distribution
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Swedish Pop/Rock, Adult Contemporary, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Euro-Pop

Album Review

Roxette's debut album, issued in late 1986, is a portrait of a band in its formative stages. Both Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson had previously pursued solo careers in their native Sweden, and Pearls of Passion was the band's attempt at international stardom. It was preceded in the summer by a very '80s pop single called "Everlasting Love," which became the band's first bonafide hit...at least within Sweden. When the album was released later that year, things were much the same; while the album was a hit in Sweden, the rest of the world failed to pay much attention at all. And listening to the album, it's not that hard to tell why: nothing here is bad, but it lacks nearly all of the elements that made albums like Joyride and Look Sharp into massive hits just a few years later. Roxette's most intriguing qualities are that they are a pop band that can rock and that Gessle is a crack songwriter that almost never produces a bad tune. Here, however, there's a lot of dry material and a lot of undistinguishable dance-pop. Their trademark gritty guitars are completely absent, and what results is really only three great songs: "Soul Deep" (which was later re-recorded for Joyride, "Everlasting Love," and the magnificent "Secrets That She Keeps." The rest, however, is of significant interest only to serious fans. (A 1997 reissue of the album includes eight bonus tracks, new album packaging, and liner notes from Per Gessle himself.)
Jason Damas, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Soul Deephttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pearls-passion-deluxe-version/id693238550?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. Secrets That She Keepshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pearls-passion-deluxe-version/id693238550?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Goodbye to Youhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pearls-passion-deluxe-version/id693238550?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. I Call Your Namehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pearls-passion-deluxe-version/id693238550?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Surrenderhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pearls-passion-deluxe-version/id693238550?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Voiceshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pearls-passion-deluxe-version/id693238550?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Neverending Lovehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pearls-passion-deluxe-version/id693238550?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Call of the Wildhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pearls-passion-deluxe-version/id693238550?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. Joy of a Toyhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pearls-passion-deluxe-version/id693238550?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. From One Heart to Anotherhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pearls-passion-deluxe-version/id693238550?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Like Lovers Dohttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pearls-passion-deluxe-version/id693238550?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. So Far Awayhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pearls-passion-deluxe-version/id693238550?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. Pearls of Passion [*]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pearls-passion-deluxe-version/id693238550?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. It Must Have Been Love [Christmas for the Broken Hearted][*]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pearls-passion-deluxe-version/id693238550?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. Turn to Me [*]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pearls-passion-deluxe-version/id693238550?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. Neverending Love [Tits & Ass Demo/1986][*]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pearls-passion-deluxe-version/id693238550?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  17. Secrets That She Keeps [Tits & Ass Demo/1986][*]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pearls-passion-deluxe-version/id693238550?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  18. I Call Your Name [Montezuma Demo/26.07.86][*]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pearls-passion-deluxe-version/id693238550?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  19. Neverending Love [Frank Mono-Mix/1987][*]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pearls-passion-deluxe-version/id693238550?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  20. I Call Your Name [Frank Mono-Mix/1987][*]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pearls-passion-deluxe-version/id693238550?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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