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Long Gone Before Daylight marks a shift in theme for the Cardigans. Their last album, 1998's Gran Turismo, was a masterpiece. With Peter Svensson's quirky, driving, ultra-modern pop backing Nina Persson's icy dissections of doomed relationships, it was a Love Album informed more by Bret Easton Ellis than any high romance. So catchy, so cool, and so incredibly bleak--exceptional, intelligent pop in the tradition of Soft Cell and ABC. Long Gone Before Daylight, then, comes as something of a shock when the opening "Communication" and "You're the Storm"--both lush and beautiful pop--find Persson struggling for love then, come the Doors-like "And Then You Kissed Me," actually finding it. Real love, too--not the fascinatingly twisted variety of before. It's a terrible shame, for love reduces the Cardigans to the level of other musicians. But then, unpredictable devils, they hit you with "Couldn't Care Less," as Persson loses it all again, in the following "Please Sister" begging for advice, succor, anything. And now you realize; it's a pop-rock opera, the tale of one heart's tortuous and tortured journey through the mill. And it's superb. Persson, the finest pop lyricist working today, is on peak form while the band's back-to-roots grand piano and grander acoustic guitars provide an appropriately magnificent backing. --Dominic Wills

1. Communication
2. You're The storm
3. A Good Horse
4. And Then You Kissed Me
5. Couldn't Care Less
6. Please Sister
7. For What It's Worth
8. Lead Me Into The Night
9. Live and Learn
10. Feathers And Down
11. 03.45: No Sleep
12. Hold Me (Mini Version)
13. If There is a Chance
14. For The Boys

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  • Audio CD (May 25, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Koch Records
  • ASIN: B00020HALU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,119 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By David O'Brien on January 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The Cardigans hit the big time a few years back with the song 'Lovefool' from Baz Luhrmann's 'Romeo And Juliet' film.

This was after they had released one album 'Life' which was very kitsch and sixties in sound.Their second album 'First Band On The Moon' was also very kitsch and retro but it showed a dark side to the Cardigans on songs such as 'Been It' and a bizarre reinterpretation of Black Sabbath's 'Iron Man'.

Next album 'Gran Turismo' yielded the hits 'Erase/Rewind' and 'Favourite Game' both modern pop masterpieces but overall the album was disappointing as it tried too hard to be the opposite of the first two albums.Too many synthesisers -not enough soul.

Nina Persson (the stunning lead singer with the lovely voice) took a long break after Gran Turismo to explore other forms of music and released the album 'A Camp' under the same moniker.Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse was heavily involved and the album was very lo-fi/alt country with a very weird 'ghostly' quality to it.It was an excellent album as it really showcased the power of Nina Persson's voice on slower numbers that were now devoid of kitsch orchestration or synthesisers.

The Cardigans went into the studio to record their latest album and Peter Svennson was not happy with the results and shelved the whole album.He felt that the new album had been rushed.

Instead the band regrouped for a major rethink and the result was 'Long Gone Before Daylight'.It was the best decision that Svennson ever made.When the album was released it clearly showed a major maturity in the songwriting and also the songs did justice to Nina Persson's wonderful voice.

The album doesn't really have a bad track to speak of.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Pat Charles on August 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
With 'Long Gone Before Daylight" Sweden's Cardigans have finally made a mature, intimate, and dark album. It's hard to say why they chose the pedestrian country-rock backing that they did, but you know what? It works and it works well. Perhaps by stripping their songs of the usual quirky keyboards and extraneous instrumentation they finally found their biggest stregnth- the lyrics and vocals of front woman Nina Persson. On these songs she doesn't sing with the 'I've seen it all' weariness typical of most country tunes. She sings it with a mixture of tenderness, knowingness, and innocence- even lyrics with a darker undertow, such as the "blue, blue black and blue" bridge of "Then You Kissed Me", easily the album's best track. Elsewhere, she tells her doomed lover "c'mon let's drown" in the quiet, haunting "Feathers and Down."

Thus far, many critics have slammed this for being too produced or too bland. Sure, this album is more produced than their previous works, but that certainly does not take away from the stregnth of the songs or the arrangements. And yes, this record may sound derivitave upon first listen, but what the Cardigans have done is made confessional pop songs that actually require your attention. Their sound was always thus- they have never been (and probably never will be) sonic innovators. As 'Long Gone Before Daylight' proves, they have a gift for writing little songs that you'll surely remember long after the fact.

It seems that the Cardigans have great things on the horizon- and what a lonely one it is.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Morten Vindberg on April 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I first really noticed The Cardigans one day in my car. I found a channel playing a song, which I thought must be a new Sheryl Crow single. I was very surprised when the DJ announced that it was The Cardigans. I don't remember which song it was, but I knew I had to buy one of their CD's to check out a whole album. At the time the only Cardigan song I knew was "My Favorite Game", and I had thought they were a pure light-weight pop-act.
I chose to buy "Long Before Daylight", and I could not have made a better choice. Great songs, great playing, great productions, fine lyrics and a terrific versatile singer in Nina Persson. This band had really matured since "My Favorite Game". Anyone who likes Sheryl Crow will like this album too.
Opening with the ballad "Communication" the high standards are set right from the start. The up-beat "You're the Storm" is equally strong.
"A Good Horse" could have been the song I mistook for Sheryl Crow.
"The acoustic "And Then You Kissed Me" is simply beautiful - a song that would also suit Lisa Ekdahl.
The airy "Couldn't Care Less" is my least favourite on the album - maybe it needs some more time.
"Please Sister" is another highlight - a little like Roxette; when they're at their best!
The hit-single "For What it's Worth" is simply a catchy pop-tune; and a great one of its kind.
The hymnal quiet ballad "Lead Me into the Night" is another beautiful melody.
The melodic pop-rocker "Live and Learn" is just irresistible. One of my present favourites!
The final two tracks are both lyrically very moving. "Feathers and Downs" is a magnificent ballad. The final track "03.45: No Sleep" is a very logical choice for closing the album; describing strong feelings that may come to you on a sleepless night. Mellow and still very catchy - a highlight!
This album must be "The Album of the Year 2003"!! At least I'll give it my vote!
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