I was first introduced to The Cardigans in 1999 after hearing their song ‘My Favourite Game’ feature on the popular PlayStation driving game Gran Turismo 2. After hearing that song I bought the album it came from (named Gran Turismo although unrelated to the game) and fell in love with the band. Over the next few years and I would get every album but it would be ‘Long Gone Before Daylight’ that really hit me hard.
It’s a stunning album and shows how the band have matured from their previous album releases. It’s absolutely brilliant.
- You’re The Storm
- A Good Horse
- And Then You Kissed Me
- Couldn’t Care Less
- Please Sister
- For What It’s Worth
- Lead Me Into The Night
- Live And Learn
- Feathers And Down
- 03.45: No Sleep
The first thing that really strikes me about the Cardigans are the vocals. Nina Persson has a beautiful voice and the songs on this particular album really highlight that. The opening number ‘Communication’ starts with a beautiful guitar intro before the rest of the band gradually come in within the first minute, instrument by instrument. It’s a perfect way to open the album, gradually opening up the album to the listener. ‘You’re The Storm’ and ‘A Good Horse’ are more hard hitting than the opener and contain powerful choruses that stay with you throughout the album.
‘And Then You Kissed Me’ is probably my favourite track on the album, it’s absolutely stunning. The lyrics on this track are beautiful and really heart felt and the instruments around them really compliment each other on this soft but strong song. ‘Couldn’t Care Less’ is another slow and heart felt song, again with lyrics you could listen to and read over and over. The melodies and harmonies in the chorus are to die for. ‘Please Sister’ is in the same vein as the second and third tracks on the album, more fierce than the previous two, and ‘For What It’s Worth’ is another of my favourite tracks. The instruments again compliment each other like nothing else and really encase a fantastic vocal performance from Persson.
‘For what it’s worth I love you, and what is worse, I really do.’
‘Lead Me Into The Night’ is another slow song with lyrics that flow right out. A simple vocal/piano intro is the basis for the whole song, however instruments do come in after the 44 second mark. When you listen to the track at 44 seconds when the instruments come in, it’s one of those moments in music that gives you goosebumps. The same happens again at 1:44 and 3:48. Absolutely divine!
‘Live And Learn’ is a more upbeat song that has a great beat and a gorgeous opening guitar section and ‘Feathers And Down’ is yet another slow track but keeps up the tradition that every slow track on this album is nothing but fantastic. The final number ‘3.45: No Sleep’ is a very minimalistic track compared to all the others, perfect considering the title. You can just imagine it being 3.45am and listening to this track. A perfect way to end the album after it’s gradual introduction on the first track.
The Cardigans are one of my favourite bands and this is by far one of my favourite albums. If I was asked to choose five albums to listen to for the rest of my life, this would be one of them for sure. You’ve probably heard of their track ‘Lovefool’ which is from their 1996 album ‘First Band On The Moon’. But I really suggest you check out this album, but it’s packed full of perfect lyrics and perfect performances that’ll never fail to give you goosebumps.