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  • Audio CD (Nov. 3 1998)
  • Original Release Date: 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00000DLVA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 151 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,476 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Paralyzed
2. Erase/Rewind
3. Explode
4. Starter
5. Hanging Around
6. Higher
7. Marvel Hill
8. My Favourite Game
9. Do You Believe
10. Junk Of The Hearts
11. Nil

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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

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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

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The only reason why I had decided to buy this cd was because it has one song on it that I really like. The name of the song is "my favorite game" and I first came across the song when I played the video game "Gran Turismo 2" where it was played at the intro (before you would hit start). Before buying this cd I had listened to a few songs by this band and did not like them very much. I had also read a biography of the band and it had said that their "Gran Turismo" album was different from their other albums and that the songs seemed to be more darker. I had decided to take the risk and just buy it. I liked every single song on this cd! The biography was correct, the songs on this cd do seem to be of a darker mood. Nina Persson (the lead singer)is Swedish and dam is she hot! Almost makes your legs collapse at the sound of her voice. At first I was sceptical, Now I am a huge fan. I am very glad that I purchased this cd.
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This is a 1998 release from this Swedish band (so much Underrated in US).
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.
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It's no question that Trip-Hop is the perfect genre for this band as it suits Nina's Persson's haunting voice very well. It's also one the best trip-hop conducts I've heard along with Massive Attack, Portishead, Everything But The Girl and Esthero. So don't be expecting ''Love Fool'' Pt.2.
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!.
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Let there be no mistake, this is a fantastic CD. The tracks have an immediate accessability but will also linger with you long after you first hear them. 5 star performance for me. "Junk of the Heart" will have you grabbing the controls of your walkman to hear it again and try and recapture the feelings. Truly astounding, well balanced and just brilliant!
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Compared to "Long Gone Before Daylight", which was the first album I heard, I was surprised to listen to "Gran Turismo; with it's minimal production, almost new-wave sound.. At first I also found the songs far behind the great songwriting on "Daylight". But several songs grow on you when you get to know them better.
"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.
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Now Trip-Hop is a touchy subject, those that create it, say they don't...it's kind of like the existentialism genra of music. There really is no correct deffinition for what it sounds like. So that leaves it up to the person to decyper what is or isn't trip hop. There are entire bands that devote themselfs to this art, (but of course they won't define their music as "trip-hop") such as Porsihead, Massive Attack, Lamb, Ruby, Tricky, Cibo Matto, Sneaker Pimps, Morrcheba...I could go on and on. But then there are artists that use trip-hop's dramatic and intence vipe sparingly, say on just one of their albums. The Cardigens last album "First Band on the Moon" that was not trip-hop...that was cheese-pop. But taking their cue from the Bristol sound, they have put forth a haunting and suprising album. From the very opening track the vipe for the entire album is set, dark, beautiful and myserious. A melodic human whistle sets up the tone, then "This is where your sanity gives in" Nina Persson sings as a rythmatic thud is heard behind her. The song builds up into a passionate tourture session, "The sweetest way to die"
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.
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