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Gran Turismo

Cardigans Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
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1. Paralyzed
2. Erase/Rewind
3. Explode
4. Starter
5. Hanging Around
6. Higher
7. Marvel Hill
8. My Favourite Game
9. Do You Believe
10. Junk Of The Hearts
11. Nil

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Oh my, they hated "Lovefool" so much. As they'd started out as Scandinavian miserablists, the hugeness of the fluffy "Lovefool" merely served to remind The Cardigans of what they really loved; and so Gran Turismo is a triumphal home-coming to the Void. Still, Gran Turismo just can't help being an incredibly classy pop treat. Dear God, they know what to do with a chorus. Take "Erase And Rewind": played on an acoustic guitar it would sound pleasant, certainly, but not the kind of song that has you jamming your head in the speakers and yelping. But with a grossly distorted bass here; a processed vocal there; a judicious pause just before the chorus comes in--oh hot mamma! Play your pop manna to me! That key-shift in "Hanging Around"--it's cleverer than Heinz Wolff using Big Blue to prop open a door! And let's not forget how Iggy Pop would kill a car with his teeth for "My Favourite Game". --Caitlin Moran

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By andy
Format:Audio CD
This is a 1998 release from this Swedish band (so much Underrated in US).
The happiness and fun that was present on their previous 1996 release "First Band on the Moon" is gone. This album is definitely Darker and Colder in sound. It is more Trip Hop and has more Electronica elements in it.
But is this album still Great? Hell Yeah!!! Cardigans changed their style, and yet managed to come up with a Great album. The melodies of the songs are still Extremely catchy and well-developed. There is a lof of Emotion and Melody here.
Peter Svensson wrote all the melodies on this CD and Nina wrote lyrics, and they did an Excellent job!
Most songs here are slower and mellow (but the catchy melodies never bore you), with the exceptioon of the amazing faster-paced "My Favorite Game", which is similar to Roxette style dance-rock.
Every single song on this CD is Great, with Nina Persson's Great vocals. Her vocals are just so relaxing; you can't help but drown yourself in them.
Cardigans do an Amazing job of mixing Electronica with Rock on this album. Great sound. If you like Morcheeba or Dido, than you will Love this album, this is maybe even Better.
But generally, if you like high quality Pop music that's very Melodic, than this is a Great buy for you. It's simply PERFECT.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exploder, Imploder... May 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
It's no question that Trip-Hop is the perfect genre for this band as it suits Nina's Persson's haunting voice very well. It's also one the best trip-hop conducts I've heard along with Massive Attack, Portishead, Everything But The Girl and Esthero. So don't be expecting ''Love Fool'' Pt.2.
My favorite tracks are the slower ones like; Explode, Higher, Starter, Do You Believe and Erase & Rewind.
The most popular cut was definitely ''Erase & Rewind'' which contributed allot towards the promotion of this album and has a intelligent and good video too. The lyrics would put you in mind of songs like Cher's ''If I Could Turn Back Time''-- it's a completely different kind of song, but the lyrics are very similar.
However I do not think that this is the kind of album Portishead should have made, the two groups are completely different. ''Gran Turismo'' is not a follow-up to ''Dummy'' by Portishead or ''Walking Wounded'' by Everything But The Girl. This group have created their own and unique version of trip-hop.
This album is simply one of the best from the 90's decade, Excellent! and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Solid But not Great! May 1 2004
Format:Audio CD
Compared to "Long Gone Before Daylight", which was the first album I heard, I was surprised to listen to "Gran Turismo; with it's minimal production, almost new-wave sound.. At first I also found the songs far behind the great songwriting on "Daylight". But several songs grow on you when you get to know them better.
"Paralyzed" the opening tracks is a slow song with distorted guitars and good chorus.
Next track is the Blondie-inspired single "Erase and Rewind", a good pop-tune, but not very memorable.
"Explode" and "Starter" are songs in the same vein as "Paralysed"; both songs go on too long for my taste.
"Higher" is a beautiful ballad, one of my favourires on the album.
"Marvel Hill" I simply just don't like.
Next highlight is the great single "My Favorite Game" ; another "Blondie-type" song.
"Junk Of The Hearts" is also a great track.
Conclusion: An album not nearly as strong as "Long Gone Before Daylight", but songs like "Erase and Rewind", "Higher", "My Favorite Game", "Junk of the Hearts" and a few other good tracks, make this decent album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This album never gets old Nov. 22 2003
Format:Audio CD
Now Trip-Hop is a touchy subject, those that create it, say they don't...it's kind of like the existentialism genra of music. There really is no correct deffinition for what it sounds like. So that leaves it up to the person to decyper what is or isn't trip hop. There are entire bands that devote themselfs to this art, (but of course they won't define their music as "trip-hop") such as Porsihead, Massive Attack, Lamb, Ruby, Tricky, Cibo Matto, Sneaker Pimps, Morrcheba...I could go on and on. But then there are artists that use trip-hop's dramatic and intence vipe sparingly, say on just one of their albums. The Cardigens last album "First Band on the Moon" that was not trip-hop...that was cheese-pop. But taking their cue from the Bristol sound, they have put forth a haunting and suprising album. From the very opening track the vipe for the entire album is set, dark, beautiful and myserious. A melodic human whistle sets up the tone, then "This is where your sanity gives in" Nina Persson sings as a rythmatic thud is heard behind her. The song builds up into a passionate tourture session, "The sweetest way to die"
what a way to start an album...
Third down the isle is Explode, a personal favorite, and I belive a crowning achivement for the band. With a perfect melody the song, with a surreal touch, illustrates the battle with indiviuality, dependancy... on drugs...with govement...with life...all set to the backdrop of a slow chill beat and an almost flowing harsicord that drifts in and out of the song like air.
It should be mentioned that each aspect of creativity is extrodinary on this album. Sharp catchy melodies were written by Peter Svensson, the dramatic production by Tore Johansson and simple yet powerful and inteligent lyrics written by Nina Persson.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A huge surprise!
The only reason why I had decided to buy this cd was because it has one song on it that I really like. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Bruiser
1.0 out of 5 stars only one great song on this
Don't get me wrong I love the Cardigans but the only song I ever put into my iPod is "My Favourite Game. Read more
Published on Dec 18 2010 by Brian Maitland
5.0 out of 5 stars Cardigans reach their crescendo!
Let there be no mistake, this is a fantastic CD. The tracks have an immediate accessability but will also linger with you long after you first hear them. 5 star performance for me. Read more
Published on May 23 2004 by Dwight Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars "Gran" Should Read "Grand"
Many reviews on various Cardigans releases mention how Gran Turisimo basically stinks. Not true. The Cardigans grew up on this CD and released a wonder piece of work. Read more
Published on May 7 2004 by John D. Razan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Album
Gran Turismo has maintained its place as one of my favorite albums since its release. The style of music on this particular album is very Cardigans, but distinct from their others... Read more
Published on Feb. 14 2004 by peachkinn
5.0 out of 5 stars Made a fan out of me
The first time I listened to "Gran Turismo", I could not believe that this was the same group that brought us "Lovefool". Read more
Published on Nov. 29 2003 by The archduke
4.0 out of 5 stars a very underated album
i've heard many mixed reviews on this one over the years. but to me it's a really good one that gets better with each listen. yep this one has a more electronica feel to it. Read more
Published on Sept. 28 2003 by mellowgold
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS ALBUM
This is a wonderfully beautiful album reminiscent of the beauty in pulsating eathquakes, forest fires, and hurricanes. So gorgeous!
Published on July 19 2003 by "thomasarmstrong"
4.0 out of 5 stars Rediscovering an amazing CD!!!
I bought this CD a couple of years ago, "Favorite game" being my favorite song at that time. This song is still one of my favorites, but lately I trulyappreciate what a masterpiece... Read more
Published on June 2 2003 by JB
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