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CardigansAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (May 18, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Minty Fresh
  • ASIN: B00000I9WL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,672 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sick & Tired
2. Black Letter Day
3. In The Afternoon
4. Over The Water
5. After All...
6. Cloudy Sky
7. Our Space
8. Rise & Shine
9. Celia Inside
10. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
11. Seems Hard
12. Last Song

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emmerdale Farm, My Emmerdale Home.. January 7, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This early Cardie's release (their first) is an unknown treasure. It is unlike any of their other albums, although you can hear signs of things to come. The cool, jazzy tone of many songs lends a warmth missing from some of their more aloof outings. This LP is mysterious, inspiring and inspired. The new reissued version comes with a fantastic bonus EP of songs from the European version of 'Life' that are as good as any of the remaining tunes on the US version. If the rousing 'Closing Time' doesn't move you, please have a friend check your pulse, you may be dead and not even know it. Long live The Cardigans!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Debut Album January 20, 2000
By Derek
Format:Audio CD
At first listen, you may hear the Cardigans' jazzy arrangements, kitschy keyboards, and wispy vocals, and think of it as a light, airy, piece of fluff.
But listen closer, and you'll notice a dark cloud befalling the music. This fog of apathy, betrayal, misery, and depression is what makes this album work, and this is why I gave it five stars. The surprisingly downcast lyrics on this piece of music elevate it above many other pop albums today.
Though the album does get dull during some of it's songs, some high points include: the orchestral complexity of the guitars in Sick & Tired, lead singer Nina Persson's dreamy depression in Black Letter Day, a slightly disco version of Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, and the sugary sweet Seems Hard fades into chaos.
Also, the overwhelmingly sad album closer (appropriately titled Last Song) is one of the most haunting songs I've ever heard.
The bonus EP on the U.S. version is also filled with pure, bubbly sweet pop songs, and is a personal favorite of my younger relatives.
A great album, worth your money and time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pop doesn't come more refreshing than this January 7, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The Cardigans were not even twenty years old when " Emmerdale " was released in Sweden yet they were already able to write lushious , well-crafted pop gems . What was most striking about them was that sense that these kids were like...living in another time - maybe the 60's . Just remember the video-clip of " Sick And Tired " : the long-sleeve shirts , the flower mini skirts , them having a quiet pic-nic by the sea . It was full of images as far as possible from celebrity-like attutude and pop stardom .
What about the album now ? Well ,lead singer Nina Persson looks and sings like an angel and combined with Peter Svensson's first class songwritting , the results are mostly exceptional . Already widely known hit singles " Rise And Shine " and " Sick And Tired " are pure pop perfection while " Over The Water " has this fearless carefreeness in it , it's almost magic ." Cloudy Sky " 's daydreaming ( " ...i've wrote some poems for you " ) and " Our Space " with it's hypnotic , somehow psychedelic rythym also stand out .
More than a decade later the Swedes are still on top form . Their latest offering " Long Gone Before Daylight " is another elegant piece of pop and rock music . Their sound has a new texture and Nina's lyrics ( " these are the promises i can keep / to live like i must / and ride with the dust in my face ..." ) display the fact that they are in a totally different life phase right now . Each and everyone of their releases though has it's own seperate music value and all together are the pieces of the bright career of five hard working , highly gifted musicians .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Debut Albums January 20, 2000
By Derek
Format:Audio CD
At first listen, you may hear the Cardigans' jazzy arrangements, kitschy keyboards, and wispy vocals, and think of it as a light, airy, piece of fluff.
But listen closer, and you'll notice a dark cloud befalling the music. This fog of apathy, betrayal, misery, and depression is what makes this album work, and this is why I gave it five stars. The surprisingly downcast lyrics on this piece of music elevate it above many other pop albums today.
Though the album does get dull during some of it's songs, some high points include: the orchestral complexity of the guitars in Sick & Tired, lead singer Nina Persson's dreamy depression in Black Letter Day, a slightly disco version of Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, and the sugary sweet Seems Hard fades into chaos.
Also, the overwhelmingly sad album closer (appropriately titled Last Song) is one of the most haunting songs I've ever heard.
A great album, worth your money and time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More than just Free-and Easy Pop! October 9, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The was the debut 1994 album from the Cardigans. First impression may be that this is just a nice free and easy pop-album with no other ambition than to please the ear. But after a few listens you discover that this is an unusually talented band that cope with a great variety of styles. Over the last decade songwiter Peter Svennson has proved himself a very gifted tunesmith with hits several world-wide hits. On this album he has ( as always ) written the majority of the music, and there are many fine tunes among them. "Sick and Tired" and "Rise and Shine" are catchy up-beat pop-tunes; but more sophisticated songs like "Black Letter Day" and "Cloudy Sky" really show the band's potentials.

Singer Nina Persson, who would later become the band's lyricist, did not write any lyrics to this album, and her personal writing may be missed here, but her vocals are great as we know them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Stunning Debut
The Cardigans have over the past nearly 20 years, traversed a wide range of musical styling's yet at the same time, retain what is inherently Cardigans. Read more
Published on February 25, 2011 by F. Vasquez
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb Cardigans disc
Emmerdale, like the band's second album, Life, is unabashed happiness-inducing candy pop/lounge tunes, driven by smart hooks, and balanced with dark lyrics. Read more
Published on March 23, 2007 by K. Krulak
5.0 out of 5 stars Trying to come to the rescue
I think the easiest thing to do with the early work of The Cardigans is to give it a few listens and then realize it's pleasant, poppy, cheerful, with creative covers. Read more
Published on December 15, 2006 by sunshinederry
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet
Sweet voice, sweet songs, sweet (little-known) CD.

"Sick and tired" and "Last song" are my favorites.
Published on October 17, 2005 by Jerry Strickler
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album and NOT a reissue of Life
I have to disagree with the last reviewer--I have this album and it's excellent--and it is NOT a reissue of life. Read more
Published on August 15, 2005 by C. McGinnis
1.0 out of 5 stars What? No "Carnival"?
If this is a re-issue of their 1994 debut album "Life", then can someone tell me why "Carnival" wasn't included? Read more
Published on October 16, 2004 by MikeyCNY@yahoo.com
2.0 out of 5 stars Innofensive Pop
Although somewhat listenable and at times cute, this record is nothing special and just offers a couple of interesting pop songs ("Sick & Tired", "Rise &... Read more
Published on April 12, 2004 by gonn1000
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cardigans Music Have Never Shone Brighter!
Of all The Cardigans albums I have heard this one is undeniably their best work to date by far. Comparing this album to "Life" you get some familiar songs like... Read more
Published on June 26, 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars almost as good as LIFE
this is a very special album. it has a number of songs that are in life, albeit slightly less well produced, but its the "new" songs that so impress. Read more
Published on February 24, 2000 by Jon Immins
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