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Life [CD]

Cardigans Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (3 May 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B000006XG8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,609 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Carnival 3:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Gordon's Gardenparty 3:200.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Daddy's Car 3:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Sick & Tired 3:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Tomorrow 3:040.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Rise & Shine 3:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Beautiful One 3:290.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Travelling With Charley 4:090.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Fine 3:120.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Celia Inside (Full Version) 4:430.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Hey! Get Out Of My Way 3:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. After All... 2:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath 4:310.59  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Statistics are a baffling thing. They tell us that Sweden enjoys Europe's highest standard of living and its highest suicide rate. Statistics also tell us that The Cardigans are the country's most successful musical export since Abba. This actually makes perfect sense, for the quintet's music is an uncannily accurate microcosm of the country that spawned it--deliciously breezy pop melodies lent just enough bite by Nina Persson's fatalistic vocals. It's a recipe they perfected with unnerving confidence on Life, which exhibits an instinctive familiarity with the pantheon of timeless pop. Burt Bacharach's shadow looms unmistakably over the pensive autumnal strains of "Celia Inside" and "Tomorrow", whilst fragrant indie-pop nuggets such as "Rise And Shine" and "Gordon's Gardenparty" suggest that guitarist/songwriter Peter Svensson spent more than the occasional evening learning his craft from old Smiths records. It is, of course, impossible to discuss intuitive 90s female-fronted pop acts without mentioning Saint Etienne. The appreciation, in this case, is mutual; so impressed were the Etienne with the airy pristine sound of Life, that they were inspired to record 1997's Good Humor in the same Malmo studios. --Peter Paphides

Product Description

THE CARDIGANS Life (1995 UK 13-track CD album includes the singles Carnival Hey! Get Out Of My Way and a cover version of Black Sabbaths Sabbath Bloody Sabbath picture sleeve)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a wonderful life 27 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a classic example of intelligent, thoughtful pop music. Each track on this CD is beautifully crafted, the arrangements owing much to Bacharach and David as they do to Blondie. This album captures the Cardigans prior to their current Black Sabbath fixation (Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is included in all its' lounge-pop glory), and every tune, even the songs dealing with breaking up, is relentlessly feelgood. I have never been able to listen to this album without grinning like an idiot - it sweeps you up with the catchy choruses. Sick and Tired and Hey! Get Out Of My Way! are the standout tunes, but there is nothing on this album that I would change. I have owned this album for three years, and never tired of it. It's a bargain. Go on, take the gamble.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The UK version omits 4 tracks and includes tracks from their debut album 'Emmerdale' mixed into the tracklisting, so it's a completely different album really. The proper version of 'Life' is as follows:

1) Carnival
2) Gordon's Gardenparty
3) Daddy's Car
4) Pikebubbles
5) Tomorrow
6) Beautiful One
7) Travelling with Charley
8) Fine
9) Sunday Circus Song
10) Hey! Get Out of My Way
11) Closing Time
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect plinky-plonky pop 15 May 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Life is a collection of uplifting and upbeat lounge pop classics, all of which will have your fingers tapping at the car steering wheel and which will bring a ray of sunshine into your day, even if the lyrics alone wouldn't. Nina Persson's soothingly sickly voice caresses each lyric in an almost French and fairgroundesque manner. No other album fulfils the requirement of a refreshing, catchy, yet serious piece of music, which is why I recommend that ALL should have it in their collection. Before that stress frizzes you out, get a smile on your face.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Album...... 8 Mar 2014
By Scott_A
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Generally not a fan of "indie" types or indie music. But this album is a classic. You can tell the musicians know their stuff and the lead singer is both gorgeous and has an angelic voice and Swedish to boot, if only...

A quaint production that works in a minimalistic way and hooks that you cannot forget.

And probably the best Sabbath bloody Sabbath cover ever.
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