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Emmerdale [Import]

The Cardigans Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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1. Sick & Tired
2. Black Letter Day
3. In The Afternoon
4. Over The Water
5. After All...
6. Cloudy Sky
7. Our Space
8. Rise & Shine
9. Celia Inside
10. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
11. Seems Hard
12. Last Song

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2.0 out of 5 stars Innofensive Pop April 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
Although somewhat listenable and at times cute, this record is nothing special and just offers a couple of interesting pop songs ("Sick & Tired", "Rise & Shine" and especially the haunting "Last Song"). Overall, "Emmerdale" is alright to listen to once or twice but doesn`t deliver any particularly memorable moment nor does it possess much staying power. The Cardigans present a mildly engaging mix of lounge, pop and easy listening, creting little retro-jazzy songs that aren`t too bad yet mostly sound almost the same. A bit of distinction wouldn`t hurt this record, that just seems too flat and linear and fails to impress.
Bland background music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pop doesn't come more refreshing than this Jan. 7 2004
Format:Audio CD
The Cardigans were not even twenty years old when " Emmerdale " was released in Sweden yet they were already able to write lushious , well-crafted pop gems . What was most striking about them was that sense that these kids were like...living in another time - maybe the 60's . Just remember the video-clip of " Sick And Tired " : the long-sleeve shirts , the flower mini skirts , them having a quiet pic-nic by the sea . It was full of images as far as possible from celebrity-like attutude and pop stardom .
What about the album now ? Well ,lead singer Nina Persson looks and sings like an angel and combined with Peter Svensson's first class songwritting , the results are mostly exceptional . Already widely known hit singles " Rise And Shine " and " Sick And Tired " are pure pop perfection while " Over The Water " has this fearless carefreeness in it , it's almost magic ." Cloudy Sky " 's daydreaming ( " ...i've wrote some poems for you " ) and " Our Space " with it's hypnotic , somehow psychedelic rythym also stand out .
More than a decade later the Swedes are still on top form . Their latest offering " Long Gone Before Daylight " is another elegant piece of pop and rock music . Their sound has a new texture and Nina's lyrics ( " these are the promises i can keep / to live like i must / and ride with the dust in my face ..." ) display the fact that they are in a totally different life phase right now . Each and everyone of their releases though has it's own seperate music value and all together are the pieces of the bright career of five hard working , highly gifted musicians .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emmerdale Farm, My Emmerdale Home.. Jan. 8 2002
Format:Audio CD
This early Cardie's release (their first) is an unknown treasure. It is unlike any of their other albums, although you can hear signs of things to come. The cool, jazzy tone of many songs lends a warmth missing from some of their more aloof outings. This LP is mysterious, inspiring and inspired. The new reissued version comes with a fantastic bonus EP of songs from the European version of 'Life' that are as good as any of the remaining tunes on the US version. If the rousing 'Closing Time' doesn't move you, please have a friend check your pulse, you may be dead and not even know it. Long live The Cardigans!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Cardigans Music Have Never Shone Brighter! June 26 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Of all The Cardigans albums I have heard this one is undeniably their best work to date by far. Comparing this album to "Life" you get some familiar songs like "Over The Water","Celia Inside","Rise & Shine",and "Sick & Tired". Comparing this one to "Life" and "The First Band on the Moon" though they are both great albums this one is way better. And this one was a real breathe of fresh air what with Gran Turismo being a real Stark Dissapointment! Anyway the aforementioed songs from "Life" that are also on this album are all winners especially Sick & Tired but there are other superb songs like In The Afternoon and PikeBubbles to name some. The bottomline is if you love The Cardigans as much as I do for their relaxing melodies,Nina Persson's beautiful voice and their slight hipness I can definitely recommend EMMERDALE!
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5.0 out of 5 stars almost as good as LIFE Feb. 25 2000
Format:Audio CD
this is a very special album. it has a number of songs that are in life, albeit slightly less well produced, but its the "new" songs that so impress. in the afternoon is defies langusge and is just sooo good. the album also has a slightly darker side as shown in last song which is definately very haunting. emmerdale and life are by far the best 2 cardigans albums but dont miss the other 2 cause they're great too. oh and dont forget the b-sides either- its ace!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Debut Album Jan. 20 2000
By Derek
Format:Audio CD
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.
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