I was a casual Cardigfan at first (yeah, "Love me, love me ...") but eventually bought their "LIFE" cd on a whim and never regretted it.
THIS, children, is the best Cardigans CD there is. Most all of the B-Sides from the import singles (up until the marginally terrible "GRAN TURISMO"), all on one disc. It's all good, but without giving a track-by-track description, I'd reccommend:
WAR -- (Imagine Nina's silky voice singing, "Ohhhhh, come crush me now, I'm armed ... and ready to die" -- simply haunting).
THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN -- (lounge music-style, and a it's fun that it's a song you should already know by heart, so you can sing-a-long).
CARNIVAL (puck version) -- (Puck, you say? It's the song, but song by a male and in a slower, way more melancholy downtempo style ... grab your hankie, it's a cry-er).
NASTY SUNNY BEAM -- (peppy lil' number, pre-Turismo Cardigans we all know and love).
BLAH BLAH BLAH -- (another great, fun sing-a-long song).
COUNTRY HELL -- (the best song on the CD ...the chorus goes, "If you fall apart ... fall into my arms ... ". I could just melt with this one).
AFTER ALL -- (different arrangement from the version that appears on the "Emmerdale" CD - this one is sooooo much better. You can't help but feel her sadness in this one).
COCKTAIL PARTY BLOODY COCKTAIL PARTY -- (Unlike what the Amazon editorial review says, this is definitely NOT a remake of "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath". This is, like, a 15 or 16 minute "piano bar" instrumental medley wherein some guy plays snippets of most of the songs from the LIFE cd. Very nice stuff, and soothing too.
Anyway, if you even like the Cardigans' old stuff just a LITTLE bit, this disc is worth grabbing before they are out-of-print forever. If for nothing else, just get it so that when your friends are over and checking out your CD collection, you can casually point to this and they will go, "Wow! I never saw THIS one before." Either way, you get a GREAT CD.