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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 16 February 2014
Animal Heart is Nina Persson's first solo album, although the two albums released under the name of A Camp (the first was a collaboration between Persson and Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse, the second was recorded with her husband Nathan Larson) have been regarded by many as being solo albums in everything but name.

It's fair to say that the two A Camp albums never had the same appeal or sales as, say, Gran Tursimo-era Cardigans, and if Persson has decided to emerge from the relative obscurity of A Camp and record under her own name in order to capture some of the more casual Cardigans fans, what will they find?

Animal Heart chugs along in a mostly mid-tempo mode, so there's nothing as arresting as "Erase/Rewind" or "My Favourite Game". It does sound unmistakably like Persson though, with good melodies, some memorable choruses and occasionally frayed vocals.

First, and title, track "Animal Heart" is a great way to open, as it's a confident and attractive pop song, whilst other highlights include "Forgot to Tell You" which is a breakup song that succeeds in spite of a slightly cluttered production and "Food for the Beast" where the various overdubs add something to the track. Elsewhere the more stripped-back feel of "This Is Not Heavy Metal" is very appealing.

In summary, Animal Heart has plenty to recommend it, although it does feel a little unengaging - maybe this is due to the fact that although Persson has stepped out of the shadows of A Camp to record under her own name, it's difficult to feel that by the end of the album you feel you know her any better - confessional songwriting this isn't.

But even if this does sometimes come off as polished pop that lacks heart, there's more than enough here to make it well worth checking out.
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on 14 October 2014
Have just bought this superb album which I must admit escaped my notice when released earlier this year...If you love "Long Gone Before Daylight" era Cardigans and/or have a soft spot for A Camp, then this is for you.. Purchased on vinyl.
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on 16 April 2016
Took a few listens to get in to this album, quite warbly vocals and not as anthemic as her two albums as A Camp. Definitely a grower and you have to be in the mood to listen to it. Not good if you're feeling down!
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on 14 March 2014
This is a beautiful album from the former lead singer of The Cardigans with wonderfully performed well-crafted songs. Being able to buy it on vinyl is a nice touch for those music lovers who prefer the packaging and sound of LPs.
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on 19 March 2014
From start to finish a joy to listen to!!.Simply a excellent album!!!
Once again NINA PERSSON delivers the goods,the equal or not better than her previous work via" A CAMP " and THE CARDIGANS.
I WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND THIS ALBUM,a wonderful start to newcomers of this Swedish artist.
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on 21 August 2015
If you love The Cardigans and then A Camp then you'll love this. This album is beautifully crafted, Nina's voice floats, soars and mellows as the album progresses. Nina has lost none of her edge, indeed her voice just seems so mellow and luscious as the albums are released. The album just creeps up on you as you replay it. If you are a Nina fan then this album is a must.
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on 23 March 2014
Am a massive fan of A camp and although Nina's voice has her usual loveliness the songs don't compare.
worth a listen though - maybe I haven't played it enough!!!
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on 13 August 2014
I saw Nina at Glastonbury 2014, where she performed many tracks from this record, leading me to buy it. It's generally good, I like most of it, but tails off a bit towards the end.
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on 28 January 2016
One of my favourite albums of the decade. Recalls "Long Gone Before Daylight" but stuffed with fantastic singalong melodies. Great lyrics as well!
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on 25 February 2014
Very underrated, every song is mega, I recommend this to any fan of the cardigans, this should've entered at number 1 in the U.K.
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