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  • Audio CD (January 8, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: November 3, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B00000DLVA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,423 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Until now, the Swedish group the Cardigans were easily identified by their sunny, pop-friendly, melodic releases. Fearing being typecast as an act fluffier than a Nordic lamb, the band decided to head farther north for the winter. With Gran Turismo, their fifth release, you'll need your favorite, um, sweater, because the season has turned, the atmosphere is frosty, and, indeed, the nights are long and dark. Gran Turismo is a trip-hop album following the lead of grim meisters Portishead. The CD is punctuated with distorted, muted, uncomplicated guitar riffs and keyboard effects that often sound like a harpsichord played through a fuzz box. Nina Persson's slightly aching, sleepy little cutesy lead vocals sound as frictionless as rubbing two ice cubes together. Although the skies are grayer here, the one familiar musical element is their simple yet compelling rhythm structures, as evidenced in their jazz-informed drum patterns. If the Cardigans weren't competent musicians, this album would come across as nothing more than a career-sustaining maneuver. But with this solid, dark, and intriguing release, they've clearly demonstrated their ability to compose great songs, no matter what the weather. --Beth Bessmer

Customer Reviews

I am a true Cardigans fan, and I think this album is the best!
Shortchick
If you're expecting the same bubble-gum sound that made the previous Cardigans albums so wonderful, you'll be disappointed with 'Gran Turismo' - at first.
Liesl Calado
It's no question that Trip-Hop is the perfect genre for this band as it suits Nina's Persson's haunting voice very well.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Derek on January 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Gran Turismo is sheer brilliance. Very few bands can completely change their sound within 5 years, and sound great all the way through.
This album is an amalgamation of all the deep, dark undercurrents running through the Cardigan's previous albums, sliding into it's greatest glumness during the morose, depressing "Marvel Hill" in which Nina Persson covertly explains that nothing in life is worth trying for because there will always be something better to achieve.
I won't lie to you; pretty much all of the lyrics on this album are just plain miserable in feel. But that doesn't limit the Cardigans to some of the routine "angry yelling" or "chord mashing" cliches of other alternative rock bands today.
Instead of screaming, they wail, and every melodic chord, every trippy drum-beat conveys a different emotion. The music works best in a dark room, with headphones on your ears, playing the music throughout your skull...I'm telling you, it's an amazing experience.
I was impressed by this definitive work of The Cardigans. It is most certainly worth your time and money.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. D. Waage on August 18, 2004
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Nina has me feeling as if we were all growing up with her. In the beginning with "Life" we heard her in a youthful teenage phase of infatuation and carefree lifestyle. In "Gran Tourismo" Nina and her band make us feel the angst of the late 20s and early 30s. Her dissolusion with socitey and it's norms come clear. Now with "Long Gone Before Daylight" we feel as if she's now post-cynical in middle age, come to accept the stuff she can't change, with regrets and old memories. We can hear her baggage and lost loves in her voice. If you're like me you'll never forget her voice.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kara Welch on May 4, 2006
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This was quite a shock for a Cardigans fan who starting listening to them when First Band on the Moon came out. After listening to Life and FBOTM over and over again, I was not expecting the Cards to go electronic. But I have to say, I'm glad they did. They more or less abandoned their original 60's sound; the only song on here that sounds like their earlier work is "Junk of the Hearts". The Cardigans have the same uncanny grace that bands like Saint Etienne have, able to switch sounds completely between albums and yet still sound like they've been playing this way forever.

"Paralyzed" is a great opening tune, I love the lyrics. "Explode", "Erase/Rewind", and "Hanging Around" are also oustanding tracks. My favorites would have to be "My Favourite Game" and "Do You Believe".

I haven't heard Long Gone Before Daylight very often and I have yet to hear their new one (who knows when it will be released in the US), but I can safely say that I will listen to whatever music they want to put out. Because chances are, it will be fantastic!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By _ on February 27, 2001
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With this new album,The Cardigans have stepped up their musicianship and sound variety.I have enjoyed seeing how they continue to grow and challege the boundaries of their music.On Grand Turismo,they abandon their previous and beautiful smooth pop offerings (songs like "Rise and Shine","Carnival",and "Lovefool") and churn out some very emotional and gritty songs.I prefer to call this type of sound 'Industrial Rock'(c).Nina's songwriting has also improved-- immediately noticed on the album's opening track,"Paralyzed",in which Nina later sings,"This is where your sanity gives in and the love begins".Other lyrics like,"This is the age when my past should be gone but it's just stronger than the aims I have" (from "Starter"),will get stuck in your head."Explode" is simply a haunting and beautiful song.It is so hypnotic and melodic."Hanging Around" at first sounds like the band looped a level sound from Nintendo's 8-bit Ninja Gaiden series,before it swings into a flourishing Industrial Rock development.This song just pounds constantly,and the distorted guitars reflect Nina's pessimistic conclusions.On "Higher",the band incorporates some beautiful chorus-like background vocals.This song also sounds like an enchanting time clock,ticking away and pulling the listener into this atmospheric and peaceful abyss.I love the 'wah..wah..wah' guitar riff on "My Favorite Game".The band also puts a strange organ sound into the chorus part of this song,giving it a cool processional vibe.Speaking of riffs,"Do You Believe" has an awesome pulsating and upward electronic-like guitar riff.This song also serves as the group's best use of their new Industrial Rock experimentation.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DEAN VASQUEZ on September 9, 2000
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"this is where your sanity gives in..."; The Cardigans on the masterful 'Gran Turismo' concocted a collection of eleven tracks that could best be described as an album of sonic lullabys. Singer Nina Persson's sweet yet melancholy voice provides the perfect narration for the mixture of hope, depression, fear, slef-reliance and love that is this album. Never before had the Cardigans attempted to put so much raw emotion and meaning into a release before; it is almost as if they woke up and realized just what kind of music they were supposed to be playing all along. Songs such as "Paralyzed", "Erase/Rewind", "Higher" and the album's best cut, "My Favourite Game" prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that this group is nowhere near the status of Top 40 one-hit wonders. Being a listener who couldn't stand this band before, I gave the album a listen; to say that I was impressed by the songwriting and performances shown on it would be a vast understatement. This album is good anytime: Driving fast down the highway, partying with friends, intimacy with a loved one, or as music to fall asleep listening to, 'Gran Turismo' marks the creative apex in a band's history that otherwise wouldn't have gotten the critical praise and respect it now so obviously deserves.
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