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Long Gone Before Daylight
     

Long Gone Before Daylight

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by The Cardigans
 

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The Cardigans have proven themselves deceptively complex popsmiths. The fetching Swedes became an international smash with their first two widely available albums, 1995's Life and '96's First Band on the Moon, which spawned the effervescent single "Lovefool." After releasing a dark,

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The Cardigans have proven themselves deceptively complex popsmiths. The fetching Swedes became an international smash with their first two widely available albums, 1995's Life and '96's First Band on the Moon, which spawned the effervescent single "Lovefool." After releasing a dark, synth-heavy follow-up, 1998's lukewarmly received Gran Turismo, the group took five years to reemerge with Long Gone Before Daylight, whose American release was delayed another year. It was worth the wait: Long Gone is a career high. A heartfelt rock record with country flourishes, the disc erases any affectation and pretense the Cardigans had once assumed, instead offering a warmly rendered set of confessional pieces and gritty rockers in the vein of Neil Young. "A Good Horse," in particular, kicks and snorts like, well, Crazy Horse, while the Americana-inflected "Live and Learn" gilds vocalist Nina Persson's tale of survival after an emotional battle with organs and twangy guitars. The majority of the tunes, though, are akin to the dark yet winsome "And Then You Kissed Me." Cushioned by acoustic guitars and plush organs, Persson's voice still goes down as easily as a well-mixed cocktail, but her lyrics recount a violent relationship that left her with "a halo around my eye." Gone may be the days when Persson was innocently directing a suitor to "say that you love me," but the band's magnetic appeal only grows stronger with time.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/25/2004
Label:
Koch Records
UPC:
0099923956525
catalogNumber:
9565

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cardigans   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Bengt Lagerberg   Percussion,Drums
Peter Lindgard   Horn
Magnus Sveningsson   Bass,Bass Guitar
Per Sunding   Guitar,Harmonica,Background Vocals,Soloist
Peter Svensson   Guitar
Jens Lindgard   Horn
Ebbot Lundberg   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Nina Persson   Vocals
Nicke Royale   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Howlin' Pelle Almqvist   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Lars-Olof Johansson   Keyboards
Peter Masalkovski   Guitar,Soloist
Mette Thykier   Strings
John VonDaler   Strings
Marianne Sørenson   Strings
Helle Sørenson   Strings
Eva Landqvist   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Nathan Larson   Composer,Vocal Engineer,Vocal Producer
Cardigans   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Patrik Bartosch   String Arrangements
Tore Johansson   Producer
Per Sunding   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Peter Svensson   Composer
Michael Ilbert   Producer,Engineer
Nina Persson   Composer,Collage
Åbäke   Art Direction,Collage
Frans Hällqvist   Collage
Herman Söderström   Engineer

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Long Gone Before Daylight 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best discs of the year and if you live in the States chances are you haven't heard it. Easily the best album of the Cardigan's career. With that said, fans of such songs as "Carnival" and "Lovefool," be warned, on this album the group forgoes their retro 60s sound for a more rock/alt. country feel. "Communication" is a nice lead-off song, being both somber, heartfelt and earnest. Persson lyrically continues where her side-project A-Camp left off. "You're The Storm" which is the latest single, is the second track and adds to the pace of the album. While not the best song off the disc, it is easily the most enjoyable. A shift in vocals highlights the chorus. Their 60's sensibility is not forgotten as the guitar solo here is reminscent of George Harrison's early Beatle stuff. "And Then You Kissed Me" is a song about abuse, without being too coy and overwrought. It also features a nice shift in tempo and melody. "For What It's Worth" and "Live and Learn" are two more stand-outs. "Live..." is lyrically one of the more clever songs on the album. It is a damn shame this disc has yet to be released here. One can hope the American fans will see it one day, as it is one of the better disc to be released this year so far.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought THE CARDIGANS have really come a long way from their first CD, first band on the moon. They have changed from their popish, experiemental style to a new mellowed out style. Eveyone should buy their CDs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this cd after hearing only a small portion of "You're the Storm," and I was not disappointed at all. My favorite song on the cd is "Communication" - it's like my new relationship theme song. The cd is really mellow, and it is a perfect mix of upbeat music and exploring a little bit of sadness. If that sounds good to you, then I promise that you will also not be disappointed if you buy this cd.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago