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Gran Turismo

The Cardigans

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Album Review

With "Love Fool," the Cardigans catapulted from a cult favorite to an international phenomenon. Instead of being happy with their success, they fretted about their artistic credibility, concerned that they were seen as merely a light pop band instead of an ironic pop band. This usually results in a self-conscious departure from form — and that is exactly what Gran Turismo, the follow-up to First Band on the Moon, is. There are still elements of the Cardigans' melodic style, but they have trimmed away their sense of humor and style, adding vague electronica experiments and mildly distorted guitars in their wake.

Customer Reviews

Love me, love me, say that you love me... Oh, no, wait.

Well, what can one say about this album other than it truley is very good. Owning all of the Cardigans albums I would say this is the point where they grow up, previous offering 'Life' (and Emmerdale, which is really just a rehash of Life) and 'First Band On The Moon' had their moments of sheer pop bliss, but that is about it, the only assumption that could be made about The Cardigans that could be made up until this point would be young Brit-pop upstarts, until they hit upon 'Lovefool' one of those songs that make the band but inevitably makes the band hate their own sound due to the overplaying. So here we return with 'Gran Turismo' the third album proper, and a brand new sound, everyone will know the hits 'My Favourite Game' and 'Erase/Rewind' but there is so much more to this album, 'Higher' is a fantastic piece of melancholic electro guitar crossover pop with fragile vocals from Nina pushing you to tears while the more upbeat offering 'Hanging Around' features an almost Kraftwerkian ticking with a keyboard and guitar riffs swirling round and again those distinctive vocals from Nina. Gran Turismo, shows The Cardigans are capable of more than breezy guitar pop and this album should see them go down as one of Swedens finest and points to a promising future for the band, this album can proudly call itself one of the best in my collection and is definatley worth a rating of 5 stars.

This song rocks-litrally

i first heard the song my favourite game in 1998 on the Belgian Grand Prix on TV It has stuck with me since and it is still as good as ever! (i am a f1 lover!)

great

shes got a good vioce! erase/rewind is th best from this album

Biography

Formed: 1992 in Jönköping, Sweden

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s

One of the most pleasing pop groups of the '90s, the Cardigans specialized in sugary confections that would grow annoying very quickly if they weren't backed by solid musicianship and clever arrangements. The band's 1995 breakout album, Life, reflected the Cardigans at their most saccharine — the sunny disposition of vocalist Nina Persson being the major argument in favor — and critics inserted...
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