- Audio CD (Feb. 20 1996)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Universal
- ASIN: B000003KX0
- In-Print Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
|2. Daddy's Car|
|4. Rise And Shine|
|5. Our Space|
|6. Celia Inside|
|7. Over The Water|
|9. Sick And Tired|
|10. Beautiful One|
|11. Gordon's Gardenparty|
|12. Hey! Get Out Of My Way|
|13. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath|
|14. Happy Meal (Bonus Track)|
There's no use digging below the surface of Life's amazingly catchy opening quartet of tunes. All the joy to be extracted lies right on the surface: "Carnival"'s loopy organ and punchy beat is all cotton candy and merry-go-rounds; "Daddy's Car" is a fun-fun-fun ride to the up-up-and-away; "Fine" soars heavenward while "Rise & Shine" is mile-a-minute perk-me-up. From there, though, "Our Space" ventures deeper, into darker and moodier atmospherics and a trip-hoppy electronic shuffle. Singer Nina Persson's crystalline lullaby voice keeps it all sounding innocent as hell, but when she sinks her candy-coated teeth into a Black Sabbath cover ("Sabbath Bloody Sabbath") she exposes a few sinister cavities. By the time she closes the album, exulting "No one can be happier than me!" the effect is eerie enough for David Lynch. With Life, the Cardigans give us pop till it hurts. --Roni Sarig
This is, by far, my favorite Cardigans album and one of my favorite CDs out of a collection of 700+. Songs like Fine and Daddy's Car are absolutely hipnotic. Listening to them makes me forget about the outside world. But the song, Beautiful One is the best on the CD in my opinion. Listening to it puts me in a trance and any tension that was in my body melts away. It is absolutely breathtaking. If you've never heard the Cardigans, do yourself the best favor you can by getting this CD.
The Swedes chose to divert the bad side of life and prefer to sing mostly about the small little details that make life as great as it is : a ride with friends , a lover's kiss , a walk at a beach nearby . Even a heartbrake ( " After All " ) is delivered here with such a tender sadness which is impossible to characterise as let's say ,depressing . From the genuin melancholy of " Sick and Tired " to the daydreaming of " Carnival " , everything here flows naturally and stands out for it's well-crafted pop complexion .
Having covered the distance between carefree pop to electronica in less than four years , The Cardigans are now exploring different paths of today's music reality . For someone who's not familiar with their early work , " Life " might come as a pleasant shock . Discover the early Cardigans and embrace this album's virtues .
In a nutshell, the songs on this album range from bouncy (Carnival, Fine, Rise and Shine, Hey! Get Out of My Way, and Happy Meal) to loungy (Gordon's Garden Party, Daddy's Car, Our Space, Celia Inside, Over the Water) and mix of both (Tomorrow, Sick and Tired, Beautiful One, Sabbeth Bloody Sabbeth). My lack of music terminology really can't do this album justice. So in plain English, this album is really great and... it deserves way more than 5 stars. The Cardigans are just the right combination of everything that works toward making a great band and an album. If you don't own a copy yet, buy it now.
Carnival: Turn to this song if you want to be reminded of the spirit of young love and fun, this song's carnival will have you smiling in seconds.
Our Space: Venture into the unknown, and let the lounge vibes be your vehicle and Nina your guide. This song is strange but emits great feelings.
Celia Inside: This cheery song, especially nice with the echo effect is perfect for a rainy day.
Tomorrow: Perhaps one of my favorite songs, I am filled with feelings of happiness whenever I hear it.
Hey! Get Out of my Way: This song about dumping an old boyfriend is cheery, not depressing, despite its subject matter.
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath: This one's especially good if you're angry at someone, because it takes away your aggression without violence etc.
Perhaps it's Nina's beautiful, soft voice, or maybe the frosted-sugar lounge vibes, but something about this album fills you with good feelings. All I can say is, I couldn't live without it.
This CD is just brimming with an innocent joy that is as infectious as it is melodically brilliant. Just try to resist tapping your toes to "Carnival" or "Tomorrow", and it's hard to quell the urge to sing along with the delightful chorus of "Daddy's Car".
This is one of very few great pop albums. The atmosphere of the album is great, but don't take this to mean that the musicians aren't talented: one only needs to hear "Sick & Tired" for some great guitar work. A listen to "Tomorrow" will garner you with some of the best drum work of a band today. And on "Carnival", lead singer Nina's Persson's voice is taken to a whole new level of feeling, apart from her normal whisper.
This album is sheer genius. Credit also goes to the Cardigans for "Our Space" a trippy, and thoughtful song that revels in Nina's minimalist voice. The kitsch of "Gordon's Gardenparty" is wonderfully shameless.
DEFINITELY worth your time and money.