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Long Gone Before Daylight [Import]

The Cardigans Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
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1. Communication
2. You're The storm
3. A Good Horse
4. And Then You Kissed Me
5. Couldn't Care Less
6. Please Sister
7. For What It's Worth
8. Lead Me Into The Night
9. Live and Learn
10. Feathers And Down
11. 03.45: No Sleep
12. Hold Me (Mini Version)
13. If There is a Chance
14. For The Boys

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Long Gone Before Daylight marks a shift in theme for the Cardigans. Their last album, 1998's Gran Turismo, was a masterpiece. With Peter Svensson's quirky, driving, ultra-modern pop backing Nina Persson's icy dissections of doomed relationships, it was a Love Album informed more by Bret Easton Ellis than any high romance. So catchy, so cool and so incredibly bleak--exceptional, intelligent pop in the tradition of Soft Cell and ABC. Long Gone Before Daylight, then, comes as something of a shock when the opening "Communication" and "You're the Storm"--both lush and beautiful pop--find Persson struggling for love then, come the Doors-like "And Then You Kissed Me", actually finding it. Real love, too--not the fascinatingly twisted variety of before. It's a terrible shame, for love reduces the Cardigans to the level of other musicians. But then, unpredictable devils, they hit you with "Couldn't Care Less", as Persson loses it all again, in the following "Please Sisters" begging for advice, succour, anything. And now you realise; it's a pop-rock opera, the tale of one heart's tortuous and tortured journey through the mill. And it's superb. Persson, the finest pop lyricist working today, is on peak form while the band's back-to-roots grand piano and grander acoustic guitars provide an appropriately magnificent backing. --Dominic Wills

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long gone is one of the best, if not the best album ive heard all year. its hard to understand the cardigans; their music is really happy, yet the lyrics are haunting, sad, and at times very violent. nina persson has one of the best voices in pop, as well as being one of the best lyricists.
long gone is a departure from their earlier works, but it seems to me to be a more folk/pop continuation of the electropop gran turismo. the mood and the dark lyrics are the same, just packaged differently. ninas voice is no longer girlishly cute, yet it is more mature and honest while retaining the innocence of the first couple of albums. like most of her songs, she sings of finding love, losing love, and desperation. her lyrics, as mentioned, are brutally honest, and extremely violent. i cannot tell you how beautiful her voice is. she is by no means a vocalist; but rather if there were someone who youd like to hear singing casually, or singing a lulliby, or singing happy birthday, there is no one better. thus, she creates an intimacy with the listeners where she unlocks her heart and soul, making you believe and feel for her.
the music in long gone is for the most part, very slow, music to sleep/lounge to. however, there are some great pop numbers such as youre the storm, for what its worth, please sister, live and learn, and for the boys. however, their slower tracks are the best, such as communication and feathers and down. do yourself a favor and buy this album. also the dvd is a great bonus, i watch it all the time.
communication: 10/10
youre the storm: 10/10
a good horse: 8/10
and then you kissed me: 7.5/10
couldnt care less: 8/10
please sister: 9/10
for what its worth: 10/10
lead me into the night: 9.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Start here Aug. 6 2006
Format:Audio CD
If you are new to the Cardigans (and somehow missed or dismissed the success of the single 'lovefool'), you should start here.

I am a long time fan and own all their albums, but this one is the one I reach for the most often. This is the band after their 'hiatus' and they did not use their usual producer, Tore Johansson. As brilliant as Tore is, I think the break from him helped bring out other sounds from this amazing Swedish group. As the other reviewers say, it really is a shame that the Cardigans are mostly ignored in North America.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just buy it & forget about Romeo & Juliet July 1 2004
Format:Audio CD
It's fun to watch the expressions on my friends faces when I pop this one into the CD player. "The Cardigans?!," they say, "wasn't their big radio hit......----" they're hushed by the beautiful intro & up-front vocals. This is certainly an underrated must-have for 2004. Along with their own unique lyrical flare, influences of Cowboy Junkies & Mazzy Starr can be cited. Click "buy it now" and enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strong departure from their former sound June 30 2004
Format:Audio CD
I love The Cardigans and have missed their music since it'd been so long since they'd released an album. I hadn't heard anything from the album when I bought this, but I enjoy Nina Persson's singing and the band's general musical sense so much that I figured I'd like it.
As you've probably gathered from other reviews, this album is completely different from any of their others. Gone is the happy-go-lucky music and airy, filtered vocals; this album has a generally acoustic, rich, gentle sound that's often very country influenced. Nina's vocals are up front and stunning. At times she even sounds like Sheryl Crow, which was pretty surprising, but it's not an abandonment of her usual style - just more emotional and full. So if you normally like her voice, you'll love it here. Her songwriting (she wrote almost all the lyrics) is also more complete and personal than on any of their previous efforts. It sounds like a singer-songwriter's album, and Peter Svensson did the lyrics justice with the beautiful music that goes along with them.
My only problem with the album is that it kind of overstays its welcome. The three extra tracks at the end that weren't on the original release sound like they were tacked on. I usually appreciate all the tracks I can get, but they don't really work here. Also, toward the end of the album it gets a little samey with all the slow songs. But it's not enough to diminish my overall opinion of the album, and its perfect moments make up for the ones that don't work quite as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars By far their best work June 29 2004
Format:Audio CD
I've been a Cardigans fan since the CD "Life". About a year ago, I was looking to see if they had anything new in the works and found LGBD on Amazon.co.uk...so I picked it up and haven't been able to stop listening to it since. The US release makes me hopefull that the album will be a success.
The Caridgans have abandoned the electronic pop that they tried to mix in on their last album, "Gran Turismo". In my opinion, this was a wonderful move as the wonderful guitar work, both accoustic and electric, shines forth. That coupled with addicting bass lines and Nina's unforgettable voice makes this album wonderful. There are few perfect albums in this world, and this one can be added to that short list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars hauntingly honest raw music from the heart June 22 2004
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Format:Audio CD
this is my shout out to the whole world that this album is by far the most AMAZING collection of songs ever! Nina's voice pierces my soul and the melodies have reached a new level of maturity and beauty that only years of artistic struggle and introspection can reveal.
the dvd that accompanies the cd is such a treasure! Nina is gorgeous as a brunette and I was floored by their muted style which is seems so effortless yet new and elegant. the cinematography of the 'you're the storm' video needs to be seen by everyone. they've definitely reached a level of artistic splendor where confidence, talent and imagination play in harmony. the world is a better place now that this album has come out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bleak and Beautiful
If you didn't know The Cardigans were Swedish before, their fifth release Long Gone Before Daylight would tip you off. Read more
Published on June 16 2004 by WrtnWrd
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary return
The Cardigans were one of the greatest (and underappreciated) bands of the 1990s. The enormous success of the goofy "Love fool" clouded the fact that they were producing... Read more
Published on June 15 2004 by I. M. Sanchez Prado
4.0 out of 5 stars Blue Blue Black & Blue
Forget the band that did "Lovefool". They ceased to exist the second they put out 'Gran Turismo'. Read more
Published on June 14 2004 by R. M. Ettinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps their best ever
Long Gone Before Daylight is probably the best thing The Cardigans have ever done, even though their back catalogue is full of gems as well. Read more
Published on June 11 2004 by M. Tulp
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking
It's perfect. I can't really convey to you anything about it in mere words, I would just advise you to buy it, and then give it time to sink in. Read more
Published on June 7 2004 by D. Zimmerman
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK
To get a feel for where I'm coming from-
Gran Turismo: one of my favorite CDs, I listen to it often even after several years. Read more
Published on June 4 2004 by Casey Parsons
3.0 out of 5 stars Spotlight on Nina, not much else
Nina's voice is clearly the highlight of LGBD. She sings with a mature confidence, intensity and passion as never before. Read more
Published on May 29 2004 by myxoplik
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