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Life

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These days it's getting harder to tell the real pop twerps from the hip parodists--both of whom make music sweeter and more dizzying than cherry wine. Take Sweden's Cardigans, for example: On one hand, they work the same delicious Bacharach lounge jazz and gooey '60s girl swoons as Pizzicato Five, a group whose retrokitsch is delivered with a big, fake-eyelashed wink. On the other hand, the Cardigans come from a land that gave us Abba and Ace of Base, sincere pop legends if ever there were. The Cardigans, it seems, could go either way, and their subtle blend of pop-for-pop's-sake with pop-for-joke's-sake makes their first American release, Life, all the more a modernist gem.

There's no use digging below the surface of Life's amazingly catchy opening quartet of tunes. All the joy to be extracted lies right on the surface: "Carnival"'s loopy organ and punchy beat is all cotton candy and merry-go-rounds; "Daddy's Car" is a fun-fun-fun ride to the up-up-and-away; "Fine" soars heavenward while "Rise & Shine" is mile-a-minute perk-me-up. From there, though, "Our Space" ventures deeper, into darker and moodier atmospherics and a trip-hoppy electronic shuffle. Singer Nina Persson's crystalline lullaby voice keeps it all sounding innocent as hell, but when she sinks her candy-coated teeth into a Black Sabbath cover ("Sabbath Bloody Sabbath") she exposes a few sinister cavities. By the time she closes the album, exulting "No one can be happier than me!" the effect is eerie enough for David Lynch. With Life, the Cardigans give us pop till it hurts. --Roni Sarig


1. Carnival
2. Daddy's Car
3. Fine
4. Rise And Shine
5. Our Space
6. Celia Inside
7. Over The Water
8. Tomorrow
9. Sick And Tired
10. Beautiful One
11. Gordon's Gardenparty
12. Hey! Get Out Of My Way
13. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
14. Happy Meal (Bonus Track)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 20, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Minty Fresh
  • ASIN: B000003KX0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,269 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 19, 2005
Format: Audio CD
i can't understand the different song line ups. the first "life" i bought a very long time ago was a cassette that had 11 songs. the flow of the album is so perfect i loved it so much i overplayed it and had my cassette player eat it. so i bought the cd and there's another different song line up (gasp!) and later would i find out that it's the UK Version of "life" which had additional songs from the earlier album "emmerdale" including a different take on Rise & Shine (which is nice) and ommitted Pikebubbles, Sunday Circus Song and Closing Time. and now this - the minty fresh release of "life". it ommitted Traveling with Charley, replaced the new version of Rise & Shine with the old version and added more songs from "emmerdale" (i really don't think that Our Space fits right in "life" kinda wrecks the happy-go-lucky mood) the first version of "life" IMHO is still superior and i'm aware, as well as the band do, that the minty fresh version acts as some kind of a compilation between the cardigans' first two albums, if you really want to experience the real "life" please do check out the one that starts with carnival and ends with closing time, me thinks it's some kind of a concept album, a very happy one. the songs from "emmerdale" wrecked the happy mood, as we all know "emmerdale's" not that happy at all.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Derek on January 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
If I could give an album more than five stars, Life would be the first candidate to receive it.
This CD is just brimming with an innocent joy that is as infectious as it is melodically brilliant. Just try to resist tapping your toes to "Carnival" or "Tomorrow", and it's hard to quell the urge to sing along with the delightful chorus of "Daddy's Car".
This is one of very few great pop albums. The atmosphere of the album is great, but don't take this to mean that the musicians aren't talented: one only needs to hear "Sick & Tired" for some great guitar work. A listen to "Tomorrow" will garner you with some of the best drum work of a band today. And on "Carnival", lead singer Nina's Persson's voice is taken to a whole new level of feeling, apart from her normal whisper.
This album is sheer genius. Credit also goes to the Cardigans for "Our Space" a trippy, and thoughtful song that revels in Nina's minimalist voice. The kitsch of "Gordon's Gardenparty" is wonderfully shameless.
DEFINITELY worth your time and money.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Karen Robinson on September 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
As I get older, I'm faced with a dilema I'm sure many aging music fans face-- getting into and finding new music. It's really hard. You just have this urge to stick by your favorites. And as time passes and record labels keep pumping out new acts, I fall more and more in love with The Cardigans. Sure, many people just simply write them off as bubbly Swedish pop, but if you listen carefully past Nina Persson's girlish cute voice, the music is extremely well written, crafted and executed rock-n-roll. This whole album just simply rocks.
In a nutshell, the songs on this album range from bouncy (Carnival, Fine, Rise and Shine, Hey! Get Out of My Way, and Happy Meal) to loungy (Gordon's Garden Party, Daddy's Car, Our Space, Celia Inside, Over the Water) and mix of both (Tomorrow, Sick and Tired, Beautiful One, Sabbeth Bloody Sabbeth). My lack of music terminology really can't do this album justice. So in plain English, this album is really great and... it deserves way more than 5 stars. The Cardigans are just the right combination of everything that works toward making a great band and an album. If you don't own a copy yet, buy it now.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Hierholzer on June 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I, like everybody else, discovered the Cardigans through "Lovefool," which I heard on the radio nonstop. I loved it, so I bought "First Band on the Moon," which I also recommend. After a few listens, I found there was much more to this band than that one song. I bought this album, Life, a couple of months later and was very impressed. I think it's their masterpiece. All the other ones are great, but this is the best. There is no song I don't like. Like the amazon critic said, it's hard to tell if they are sincere or joking around with the extremely happy tracks. There are definitely some darker tones and I find the mixture of moods quite eerie, but eerie in a very good way. I can't explain it. Just buy it. Don't write it of as "pop," because it's much more than that. The Cardigans are great musicians, songwriters, and have a really cute lead singer. What's not to like?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Gosselin on September 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
If you're a new fan of The Cardigans this is the album to start with. This is The Cardigans with their signature sound in full force.

Sure "Emmerdale" came out first; but "Life" contains 6 re-recordings of songs from "Emmerdale". "Life" was also the first Cardigans release that made it to the US ("Emmerdale" didn't get a US pressing until 1999).

"Life" is The Cardigans at their most poppy. Every song on this album is a lavish pop recording; with Nina Perrson's super-sweet vocals and Peter Svensson's intricate arrangements flowing perfectly together.

If you're thinking of collecting the Cardigans albums start with this one. If you like it then get the rest of their recordings to see how this band has really evolved since 1994. Each album is different from the last; but all are great pop records.
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