Long Gone Before Daylight Import
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2003 album. Universal.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Lyrics are somewhat intense, not always happy, but they are not that immensely bleak either (as some reviews have inferred). The lyrics are smart and creative ("You should know that love will never die - but see how it kills you in the blink of an eye). You can't get that from an American band usually - let alone one from Sweden writing and singing in english.
Musically the band is hard to categorize. Certainly not pop. Not quite rock, though the guitar work on "A Good Horse" would qualify. (Can they be 'Americana' if they're not from America?) Unfortunately, this album is nothing that will get played on mainstream radio. Probably not even on alternative radio. And that is a frickin' shame.
The first eight tracks are the stand-outs (along w/tracks 10 and 14) and are rated 5-stars. But highlights (for me) are "Please Sister", "A Good Horse", "Communication" & "And Then You Kissed Me" - but the other tracks are a solid 4-stars. For my overall rating, I rounded-down.
Usually the bonus disks that have been packaged w/newer releases are worthless. Though I won't got back to the DVD of videos, interviews and (good!)live performances often (if ever), they are at least better than most.
Most recent customer reviews
If you are new to the Cardigans (and somehow missed or dismissed the success of the single 'lovefool'), you should start here. Read morePublished on Aug. 6 2006 by Steve Bennett
It's fun to watch the expressions on my friends faces when I pop this one into the CD player. "The Cardigans?! Read morePublished on July 1 2004 by Glenn Edward Deuman VII
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... Read morePublished on June 29 2004 by M. Withem
this is my shout out to the whole world that this album is by far the most AMAZING collection of songs ever! Read morePublished on June 22 2004
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 morePublished on June 15 2004 by I. M. Sanchez Prado
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 morePublished on June 11 2004 by M. Tulp
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 morePublished on June 7 2004 by D. Zimmerman
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