Long Gone Before Daylight CD+DVD
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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.Read more ›
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My sister-in-law was very happy on her birthday when I gave her this as gift.Published 10 months ago by Richard McNally
The Cardigans are probably the most exciting group to come out of Sweden in a generation. This album is their fifth(! Read morePublished 20 months ago by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
The product came quickly. I'm very satisfied with this purchasePublished 23 months ago by Adriano Ferreira da Silva
This album just does not hold my interest or inspire me. I'm a big fan of the Cardigans and Long Gone Before Daylight has a great title and wonderful cover art, but the music is a... Read morePublished on February 1, 2014 by snow47
FYI, look for the CD+DVD version. This may have been just for the initial copies pressed. The bonus DVD has 3 videos, 3 live performances and an exclusive interview.Published on January 10, 2014 by Interzone_Records
I was a major fan of The Cardigans, but honestly, they weren't so great after Gran Turismo. I liked the majority of that album, but post that, I just wasn't a fan. Read morePublished on February 5, 2013 by SpencerO
ITS AN INCREIBLE DISC I LOVE IT THEY HAVE A REALY A SPECIAL MIND TO CREATE A COMPLETE EMOTION MUSICPublished on January 26, 2013 by Leopoldo
I heard this record in 2003 when was released, but on MP3, and I promise to myself that someday I will buy it, and 7 years later... I just did. Read morePublished on December 22, 2011 by Cesar Garcia