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J. Cole - Lost Ones

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Cardigans - First Band On The Moon

Ahh yes. Who doesn't remember 1996 like it was yesterday? Who doesn't remember hearing 'Lovefool' on the radio and cranking it as loud as your stereo goes? That song was simply magical back in the day. The Cardigans here are a Swedish band from, and I have to copy this name - Jönköping. How to pronounce that, don't ask me. Oddly enough, these guys formed via two guys who had been in a super heavy metal group before the Cardigans. Their sound couldn't be any further from metal. But it might explain why they covered Sabbath's 'Iron Man' on this record. They got on the map with their second album 'Life' that sold over a million copies world wide. It was that success that allowed them to sign with major label Mercury Records in which this was the first release. That's when 'Lovefool' dropped and the band really blew up. They were featured on television shows, movies and video games. I know from personal memory they were big on the Gran Turismo games for Playstation and they played themselves on an episode of Beverly Hills 90210 for a graduation band. They went at it hard for years, and decided to take a break - in which the lead singer did some solo work. They got back together for another 3 years, '03-'06, but are now on yet another break. I feel like their music can be summed up by one thing, the voice of the band Nina Persson. Her voice is very captivating and is simply a delight to listen to. A song like 'Lovefool' really captures that essence better than other tracks on this album. It's easy to see why this particular album is platinum, but also easy to understand why they haven't sold well otherwise. Their sound is pretty unique, yet common at the same time. Their biggest asset is the vocal, and I don't feel they accentuate it all that much. I'll have to listen to other albums by them, but this one is pretty okay. I like it, but not enough to buy it.

1. Your New Cuckoo
2. Been It
3. Heartbreaker
4. Happy Meal II
5. Never Recover
6. Step on Me
7. Lovefool
8. Losers
9. Iron Man
10. Great Divide
11. Choke

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Top 3 Tracks:
1. Lovefool
2. Been It
3. Heartbreaker

3.5 out of 5 stars

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