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[The Cardigans shed] their tired '60s-isms in favor of blissfully kitschless trip-hop. -- Entertainment Weekly
[The Cardigans swap] blissful kitsch for grim reality.... Singer Nina Persson sounds less coy on these poignant, atmospheric plaints, suffused with atmosphere and trip-hop leanings. -- USA Today
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!.
"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.
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Don't get me wrong I love the Cardigans but the only song I ever put into my iPod is "My Favourite Game. Read morePublished on Dec 18 2010 by Brian Maitland
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 morePublished on May 7 2004 by John D. Razan
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 morePublished on Feb. 14 2004 by peachkinn
The first time I listened to "Gran Turismo", I could not believe that this was the same group that brought us "Lovefool". Read morePublished on Nov. 29 2003 by The archduke
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 morePublished on Sept. 28 2003 by mellowgold
This is a wonderfully beautiful album reminiscent of the beauty in pulsating eathquakes, forest fires, and hurricanes. So gorgeous!Published on July 19 2003