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Gran Turismo

CardigansAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 8, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: November 3, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island / Mercury
  • ASIN: B00000DLVA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,554 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

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

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cardigans Take a Great Turn Towards Heavier Music January 20, 2000
By Derek
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Grow Up With Nina... August 18, 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my "Desert Island" discs May 4, 2006
Format:Audio CD
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A different, yet delightful Cardi's sound November 23, 1999
Format:Audio CD
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. Give this album a chance and you'll be spellbound by these deliciously dark dance tunes. The Cardigans once again deliver with humm-able, stuck-in-your-head melodies, but with a completely new edge. 'Gran Turismo' proves that as this talented band continues to stretch their boundaries and grow artistically, the outcome will consistently be wonderful. This album *always* makes me want to get up and dance! It is such a favorite, my husband and I regularly fight over who gets to take it to work!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure and Beautiful Emotional Drainage.... 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Published 2 months ago by Marcos V. Migon
4.0 out of 5 stars One song for me
I bought this only for Erase/Rewind, I put it on a mix flash drive. Like that song, not a big fan of the rest. Don't get me wrong it isn't bad, just not music taste. Read more
Published 17 months ago by walstib11
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have
This CD is amazing. I highly recommend it to everybody. The music, the lyrics, and the melodies are elevating. Moving. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Maria Soler
3.0 out of 5 stars one really good song
Bought this after hearing Erase/Rewind in the movie "13th Floor" (very interesting flick). Thought perhaps other songs will be good too - was disappointed. Read more
Published 19 months ago by alex
1.0 out of 5 stars only one great song on this
Don't get me wrong I love the Cardigans but the only song I ever put into my iPod is "My Favourite Game. Read more
Published on April 2, 2011 by Brian Maitland
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cardigans Gran Turismo
The cd I ordered The Cardigans Gran Turismo. Was processed and shipped in a timely manor. The tracking # are great to see the process of the order shipped all the way through to... Read more
Published on September 10, 2010 by Black Ghost
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
I like the new direction they took.Even though songs are slow, Nina's singing is at its best and I love the way the album sounds. Read more
Published on July 5, 2010 by New Boy
5.0 out of 5 stars WTF????? This rocks!!!!
This is bar none one of the greatest albums ever. The bass guitarist has real skills at playing his instrument. The vocalist has a beautiful voice with a good range. Read more
Published on December 8, 2009 by ME
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Cardigan
This album is THE classic Cardigan album. It should have it's own shelf. It's style was laced with combinations of electronic, pop, and alternative. I loved it.
Published on January 6, 2009 by PiscesQueen
4.0 out of 5 stars Things change... bands evolve.
First of all: this album doesn't sound like "Life", "Emmerald" or "First Band on the Moon". If you want music like the one on any of those albums, go and grab them as you may get... Read more
Published on August 29, 2008 by Camilo Rueda Lopez
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