At first listen, you may hear the Cardigans' jazzy arrangements, kitschy keyboards, and wispy vocals, and think of it as a light, airy, piece of fluff.
But listen closer, and you'll notice a dark cloud befalling the music. This fog of apathy, betrayal, misery, and depression is what makes this album work, and this is why I gave it five stars. The surprisingly downcast lyrics on this piece of music elevate it above many other pop albums today.
Though the album does get dull during some of it's songs, some high points include: the orchestral complexity of the guitars in Sick & Tired, lead singer Nina Persson's dreamy depression in Black Letter Day, a slightly disco version of Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, and the sugary sweet Seems Hard fades into chaos.
Also, the overwhelmingly sad album closer (appropriately titled Last Song) is one of the most haunting songs I've ever heard.
The bonus EP on the U.S. version is also filled with pure, bubbly sweet pop songs, and is a personal favorite of my younger relatives.
A great album, worth your money and time.