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Long Gone Before Daylight - The Cardigans

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Genre: Rock - Pop Rock / Artist: The Cardigans / Audio CD released 2003-03-24 at Polydor Group

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      05.10.2003 17:10
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      Now, The Cardigans have always been easy to like. The sophisticated pop of their early years was playful and exuberant, and by "Gran Turismo" they had matured into a respectably cool pop-rock act. But! "Long Gone Before Daylight" is truly a class apart. This is a Cardigans that it?s impossible not to love. Maybe it was singer Nina Persson?s side-project, A Camp, that has brought such luscious beauty to their latest album. (This certainly mines the same country-fied territory as A Camp?s brilliant single, "I Can Buy You".) "Communication" opens, a broken heart ballad that sets the tone. Love, loss and longing are the predominant themes, and they?ve never sounded so poignant. In "You?re The Storm", full of images of conquest and struggle, love comes on like a small war. The Cardigans? music is more emotive here than ever ? gone are the twee frills of the "Life" and "First Band On The Moon" albums. But this is also a leap on from "Gran Turismo", which although cut from a more refined indie cloth, didn?t have the luscious sincerity of this album? (Now i knew i wasn?t going to be able to write this op without getting carried away? please ignore the purple prose, this album rocks!) Nina?s voice, more than simply being a two-dimensional and admittedly sexy thing, has grown into an achingly tender 3am swoon. i swear, this is now a voice to fall fully in love with! The standout track has to be "And Then You Kissed Me", a lyrical (kissing) cousin of Phil Spector?s "He Hit Me (& It Felt Like A Kiss)". It?s a little bit country, and a whole lot of gently swaying gorgeousness. This is classic songwriting. Even on rockier offerings like "A Good Horse", where love comes good, there?s a bittersweet undercurrent. "For What It?s Worth" ("For what it?s worth, I love you") and "Live & Learn&
      quot; ("Well you get what you give,/And hell yes, I?ve lived!") are anthemic laments of desire and rejection. None of this is going to do the album justice. The Cardigans, i thought, were a band you could always rely on to make a good, but not great album. But this took me by surprise. This was a complete revelation, instantly one of the albums of the year, and with repeated listens an undoubted classic. It?s got Nina Persson?s jaw-droppingly beautiful tones, no longer shrugging but swooning. It?s got sweet longing, bitter desire and bruised pride. What more can you possibly want?

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Communication
      2 You're The Storm
      3 A Good Horse
      4 And Then You Kissed Me
      5 Couldn't Care Less
      6 Please Sister
      7 For What It's Worth
      8 Lead Me Into The Night
      9 Live and Learn
      10 Feathers and Down
      11 03.45 : No Sleep
      12 Hold Me
      13 If There Is A Chance