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Life

The Cardigans Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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1. Carnival
2. Daddy's Car
3. Fine
4. Rise And Shine
5. Our Space
6. Celia Inside
7. Over The Water
8. Tomorrow
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)

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These days it's getting harder to tell the real pop twerps from the hip parodists--both of whom make music sweeter and more dizzying than cherry wine. Take Sweden's Cardigans, for example: On one hand, they work the same delicious Bacharach lounge jazz and gooey '60s girl swoons as Pizzicato Five, a group whose retrokitsch is delivered with a big, fake-eyelashed wink. On the other hand, the Cardigans come from a land that gave us Abba and Ace of Base, sincere pop legends if ever there were. The Cardigans, it seems, could go either way, and their subtle blend of pop-for-pop's-sake with pop-for-joke's-sake makes their first American release, Life, all the more a modernist gem.

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


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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure pop perfection March 24 2002
Format:Audio CD
Pop divas seem to be suffocating in their own image these days . Britney Spears has repeatedly asked us not to look at her like she's " a little girl " while on the other side of the Atlantic Victoria Beckham has recently declared too that she's not " such an innocent " female either . Back in 1995 , Nina Persson wouldn't care what you think about her . Innocence was not a bad thing for her and her band , The Cardigans . Their debut album " Life " is full of a 60's kind of style interpid sweetness .
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 .
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5.0 out of 5 stars What an album!! Sept. 20 2001
Format:Audio CD
As I get older, I'm faced with a dilema I'm sure many aging music fans face-- getting into and finding new music. It's really hard. You just have this urge to stick by your favorites. And as time passes and record labels keep pumping out new acts, I fall more and more in love with The Cardigans. Sure, many people just simply write them off as bubbly Swedish pop, but if you listen carefully past Nina Persson's girlish cute voice, the music is extremely well written, crafted and executed rock-n-roll. This whole album just simply rocks.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is my favorite music in the world Feb. 3 2000
By Luke
Format:Audio CD
You know that feeling when you feel so depressed that you think nothing right will ever go your way, sort of like "the mean reds"? If you're suffering from these, I have a cure: Life. This CD is absolutely genius, I turn to it every time I feel down and each time I'm up again within minutes. Here's a rundown of my favorite songs:
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Pop Gem That's Sure to Please Jan. 20 2000
By Derek
Format:Audio CD
If I could give an album more than five stars, Life would be the first candidate to receive 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.
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Format:Audio CD
If the Cardigans rule Milkyway, LIFE is indeed a box of chocolates. Consider this, if this album received huge (I mean MASSIVE airplay), then LIFE could have changed our lives. We will all be having fun at carnivals, frolicking at garden parties, enjoying circuses, eating candybars, rising and shining under the golden beam of the sun instead of destroying each other, commiting despicable acts and other evil deeds.
This album has the ability to kill my anger. Everytime I'm in a bad mood, I put this record on the stereo and just listen to it until that anger is slowly melted away by Nina's powerful, angelic and oh, so sweet, sweet voice. Who in this world will not be charmed by this girl? Roberto Benigni is right, LIFE is beautiful. After listening to it, I feel very happy that I feel every organ in my body is moving!
That this album hasn't reached every individual is "A terrible mistake!" There is a need to play this record more often for everyone to discover the beauty of LIFE. Come to think of it, if this CD were to be played on warring nations, could the combatants just drop their arms and hug each other?
Alright, it's closing time and a well known fact is that life is very short. So brothers and sisters, let us rise and shine to the occasion and make LIFE the soundtrack of our life!
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5.0 out of 5 stars POP MUSIC AT ITS BEST
In Japan there was a BOOM which called "SWEDISH POP BOOM".This band was one of the most famous acts.When the BOOM was over,the PRESS began to forget this band. Read more
Published on July 6 2004 by Sound Profiler
5.0 out of 5 stars A Life I recommend.
There isn't one false note in this brilliant CD. It can be classified as happiness in compact disc form. Read more
Published on June 30 2004 by fairyathena
5.0 out of 5 stars Every song a gem.
Every song on this record is good. No filler. I remember when it came out years ago seeing the video for Carnival. Later the Cardigans had a hit w/ Lovefool. A perfect record. Read more
Published on June 18 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars a pop-rock masterpiece.
i remember seeing the carnival video on mtv's 120 minutes back in the day. it really was so much different than most the other stuff getting airplay that night. Read more
Published on Sept. 28 2003 by mellowgold
5.0 out of 5 stars Your Guilty Pleasure
There's so much more to the Cardigans than "Lovefool", and on their second release "Life" they really create campy silly fun pop perfection. Read more
Published on Aug. 29 2003 by Vilbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless
I usually listen to harder stuff like Tool or System of a Down but the Cardigans are a precious exception. I first heard of them when they released Carnival. Read more
Published on April 16 2003 by E. Reeves
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweden, what a country...
From cars (Volvo & Saab) to music, Sweden has it all. The Cardigans, the best easy-listening pop band I've ever heard. Read more
Published on May 16 2002 by Luis Mateos
5.0 out of 5 stars 60'S!!
BUY THE JAPANESE VERSION W/C HAS ONLY 11 SONGS BUT BETTER THAN THE US AND EURO RELEASE. HEY! GET OUT OF MY WAY IS BETER HERE.
Published on July 10 2001 by Adrian
4.0 out of 5 stars The Cardigans Life
This is a bubbly candy-coated album that started as a themed joke by the Cardigans. I was embarrassed to listen to such sugary music at first but I got over it. Read more
Published on Nov. 13 2000 by kiwi
4.0 out of 5 stars Life is Good.
I heard this song while shopping at HMV - it had an engaging, beautiful melody, and the singer had a lovely voice (I know what I like when I hear it). Read more
Published on Oct. 1 2000
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