Lost Classic? Cardigans ‘Life’

Cardigans_lifeIt’s easy to dismiss The Cardigans. ‘Lovefool’ was a bit of a waste of time, but a pop behemouth nonetheless. The hit big with ‘My Favourite Game’ and ‘Erase/Rewind’, but by then, I imagine those who dug the early work of the Swedish group had long gone home. That’s because their first dent in the charts was a glorious kitschy 60’s sugar coated pop treasure. That album is ‘Life’.

When the sun is out, like it is now, and you need something to affirm the bounce in your step down the street, ‘Life’ does just that. It features two of The Cardigan’s best singles, ‘Sick & Tired’, which features killer exotica flutes, stomping skittery drums and a pure sun soaked chorus, as well as the firing indie of ‘Rise & Shine’.

To think this an LP built on two singles is folly. Some of the better songs on the LP are the album cuts. ‘Daddy’s Car’ features one of the most infectious choruses this writer has ever heard. ‘Celia Inside’ does touch on twee, but it’s far from saccharine. The whole album is awash with cheeky nods to MFP charity shop finds, and won’t grace the collection of someone who needs to keep up a cool appearance. It is certainly an album for someone who likes pop with a great chorus… and better still, a nice bite in the lyrics. If you let your guard down, you’ll find an album worth loving in ‘Life’. [Mof Gimmers]

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3 Responses to “Lost Classic? Cardigans ‘Life’”

  1. kandti Says:

    what a super album this is. right from the opening track carnival which is just so tight and melodic.

    the musicianship on this is brilliant all the way through and the songs are outrageously good. as for nina, she has a gorgeous voice

    i actually think it is quite a ‘cool’ album – very retro, loungey etc

    ps. get ‘a camp’ – nina’s solo album with mark linkous of sparklehorse. lovely

  2. Ratbert Says:

    The Cardigans are often portrayed as light and frothy… but the lyrics are brilliant for being so dark and ambiguous. ‘Emmerdale’ is verging on the Jethro Tull but my favourite of theirs…

  3. Pauly Says:

    Surprised this reviwer made no mention of ‘Carnival’ – also a single and surely a standout track

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