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First Band on the Moon

CardigansAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 17, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island / Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001EP1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,187 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coming from someone who listens to Thrash metal! May 1, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Most might be surprised at a metal head like me listening and enjoying this CD, but I'm not ashamed! The Cardigans are a brilliant band. They combine happy-happy vintage pop music with extremely dark lyrics. The result? A very enjoyable and fulfilling listening experience.
At first listen, you might think "UGH this band is too happy!" But pay close attention to the lyrics - you'll see the dark underlying themes present in all the songs. Nina even cusses on one of the songs, but sings it with such a happy go lucky voice that you wouldn't notice it at first glance.
The entire CD is great and varied in sound . The dance-disco of "Lovefool" to the cold drumming of "Heartbreaker," and the beautiful and ominous violin on "Great Divide", it all sounds like a love story gone wrong. The guitar work is very well placed and the bass rythmically follows every song with grace. The added effects such as additional back-up singers and violins adds to the entire album. On top of all this, Nina Persson's soothing voice just lulls me to sleep and relaxation every time I listen to this. This is an album that should be listened to with headphones at night, that way you'll get the full experience.
If you enjoyed this CD and want to hear the Cardigans in a new direction, check out "Gran Turismo"
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Irresistible pop chock full of playful irony July 1, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album is a shining example of the Cardigans' mastery of the retro yet fresh sound they had been churning out since the beginning of their gifted career.
Though known mostly for the hit song "Lovefool", this is no banally sugary collection of candied schlock that so many would assume.
The songs are delightfully subversive with immediately catchy melodies, ingenious arrangements...and despite this, are mostly centered around stories of a woman willingly accepting abuse from a partner who obviously couldn't care less. Tales of the unfortunate, made amusing by the obvious self-depracating quirks of the main character. These songs do include Lovefool, but also the aptly titled "Step on Me", and the song "Heartbreaker" in which a self-proclaimed loser speaks of her willing self-debasement with random men.
Elsewhere, are clever and tounge-in-cheek descriptions of people's feelings about the nature of love, giddy preparations for a "kinky" meeting between new lovers, and a tale of a wary and bitter attitude of hearing a previous lover use the same words on another naïve target.
There isn't one song on here that I couldn't listen to again and again.
With all this plus an amusing yet spot-on cover of Black Sabbath's Iron Man, you can't miss this piece of 90s delight.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is great! Truly distinctive..... May 16, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I remember my introduction to the music of Swedish band, The Cardigans. I can tell you the time and place. I was a freshman in high school, and my class took a trip to the movie theater to see a screening of WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S ROMEO AND JULIET. Their hit song, "Lovefool" was blaring while Juliet (Claire Danes) is preparing to see her lover, Romeo (Leonardo Dicaprio) in secret. I thought the song's infectious melody and cute vocals, from their female lead singer was so catchy! Also, the lyrics were border-line masochistic. They alluded to the foolishness that some women knowingly buy into in relationships, just to keep their partners, regardless of what damage they are being subjected to. I had to buy the cassette and see if this song was really "the peak" for these Swedish rockers, or if they were merely one hit wonders.

I am happy to tell you that these Swedes definitely lived up to my hopes, and I found their music interchangably upbeat and unsettling. The Cardigans is best described as conflicted rock music. They deliver punchy lyrics, set to a combination of percussive, bouncy accompaniment and dark, more slow and (even) demented background music. In fact, some of their songs almost sound like outtakes from younger versions of the S&M inspired band, The Velvet Underground. "Your New Cuckoo," "Been It," and "Losers" are three examples of their unabashedly honest songs, along with "Lovefool." Though, I had limited exposure and knowledge of sado-masochistic relationships, I had enough knowledge to understand what they were alluding to. Dark as the subject matter was, I appreciated it and still do today.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rockin', Jazzy, Uplifting, and Depressing CD January 20, 2000
By Derek
Format:Audio CD
I'll start off by telling you this: Beware, all those of you who want to buy this album just for "Lovefool". It is the only glossy, disco-type song on the whole CD. Not to say that they aren't vaguely of the same content, but believe me, Lovefool is the exception, and not even the best song on the album.
This album is where the dark side of the Swedish quintet begins to creep through, as lead singer Nina Persson leaves behind a trail of songs that document betrayal, abandonment, abuse, neglect, desperation, death, and a heart-rending breakup with dreamy, light, and innocent vocals.
Also, for those who had bought Life and expected the same poppy ambience as that album may spit their cocktails right out of their mouth as Nina says the F-word in "Losers" or covers Black Sabbath's "Iron Man."
Overall, this album shows some excellent songwriting and performance. Bassist Magnus Sveniggsson keeps the songs moving with a sort of ecclectic strum that gives the album quite a bit of personality.
It is definitely worth your time and money.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another timeless song
There is little doubt in my mind that we could send some songs forward or back in time 100 years & people would love them. THIS is one of those songs, I think. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bruce J Carper
2.0 out of 5 stars did not like it
Lovefool song on this album was good, the rest were just crap, in my (clearly not so humble) opinion. To me, this was a one-hit-wonder band.
Published 14 months ago by alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
Increible otro nivel porder escuchar a los cardigans en acetato que diferente es el sonido a comparacion de un cd o mp no hay comparacion es otro nivel el vynil
Published 14 months ago by Leopoldo
1.0 out of 5 stars A little bummed
This CD never came! I ordered two Cardigan CDs from this location, but when the package came, there was only 1 CD in it! Read more
Published 20 months ago by jrecto3
4.0 out of 5 stars The Cardigans
First of all, love the band but my god the packaging is terrible and the case arrived broken and unusable, not a crack or minor fracture but a complete break, the part wheer its... Read more
Published on December 6, 2010 by Hilda M. Gonzalez
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Here is an unfun game: look for a CD or two in five thousand in no order whatsoever. I am frequently in this position. Read more
Published on May 15, 2010 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
5.0 out of 5 stars love it!
This CD is great.. very professional done, very fun.. makes you want to dance. I love the singing, all the music, melodies, arrangements.
Published on August 7, 2009 by Giselle
2.0 out of 5 stars "Just say that you need me..."
First Band on the Moon by The Cardigans had the potential to be a great pop album but there are only 2 good tracks, Lovefool and Been It. Read more
Published on April 17, 2009 by ADRIENNE MILLER
3.0 out of 5 stars The 90s Needed This
It would be easy to lump the Cardigans into the mid-90s one-hit wonder category, and perhaps this is justifiable from a certain perspective. Read more
Published on March 17, 2009 by Jeff Hodges
5.0 out of 5 stars full of contrasts that may take the listener off guard
Sugary pop melodies with a 60s-retro vibe, music that at first appears happy...but upon further listening turns out to be more melancholy, or comfortably sad than anything else,... Read more
Published on October 16, 2008 by Daniel Maltzman
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