The Cardigans - Long Gone Before Daylight - 2003 RSD Alt Rock Indie Pop 180 Grm LP

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The Cardigans - Long Gone Before Daylight

Label: Fugitive Recordings – FGTV23568.1, Universal ‎– none
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, 180 Gram
Country: US
2015 Black Friday Record Store Day release
Re-issue of cult favorite release from The Cardigans / First time US pressing (small pressing released in Europe)/180g vinyl
Issued in gatefold with plain white poly-lined inner sleeve.
Released: 27 Nov 2015
Genre: Rock, Pop
Style: Pop Rock, Acoustic


A1 Communication

A2 You're The Storm

A3 A Good Horse

A4 And Then You Kissed Me

A5 Couldn't Care Less

B1 Please Sister

B2 For What It's Worth

B3 Lead Me Into The Night

B4 Live And Learn
Vocals [Guest] – Ebbot Lundberg

B5 Feathers And Down

B6 03.45: No Sleep

Companies, etc.
Copyright (c) – Universal Music AB
Recorded At – Tambourine Studios
Recorded At – Sandkvie Studio
Recorded At – El Cortijo Studio
Recorded At – Parkgate Studios
Recorded At – Medley Studio
Recorded At – Maratone Studios
Recorded At – The Aerosol Grey Machine
Recorded At – Mr. Tatuago's Nice Studio
Mixed At – Megaphon Studio
Mixed At – Medley Studio
Mastered At – Sterling Sound
Art Direction, Design – Åbäke
Backing Vocals – Per Sunding, The Cardigans
Bass – Magnus Sveningsson
Co-producer [Initially Co-Produced By] – Tore Johansson
Co-producer [Vocals], Engineer [Vocals] – Nathan Larson (tracks: A1 to A4, B1, B2, B4, B6)
Drums – Bengt Lagerberg
Engineer – Per Sunding, The Cardigans
Engineer [Additional] – Herman Söderström
Guitar – Peter Svensson
Keyboards – Lars-Olof Johansson
Lyrics By – Nina Persson
Management – Petri H. Lundén
Mastered By – George Marino
Mixed By – Michael Ilbert
Music By – Peter Svensson
Photography By – Derrick Santini
Photography By [Collage Photos] – Frans Hällqvist, Nina Persson, Åbäke
Producer – Per Sunding, The Cardigans
Vocals – Nina Persson

2015 Black Friday Record Store Day release

Re-issue of cult favorite release from The Cardigans / First time US pressing (small pressing released in Europe)/180g vinyl

Issued in gatefold with plain white poly-lined inner sleeve.

The Cardigans are a Swedish rock band formed in Jönköping, Sweden, in 1992, by guitarist Peter Svensson, bassist Magnus Sveningsson, drummer Bengt Lagerberg, keyboardist Lars-Olof Johansson and lead singer Nina Persson, with the line-up remaining unchanged to this day.

Their debut album Emmerdale (1994) gave them a solid base in their home country and enjoyed some success abroad, especially in Japan. It was not until their second album Life (1995) that an international reputation was secured. Their popularity rose when their single "Lovefool", from the album First Band on the Moon (1996), was included in the soundtrack to the 1996 film version of Romeo + Juliet. Other singles included "Erase/Rewind" and "My Favourite Game" from the album Gran Turismo (1998). After a two-year hiatus the band returned recording and releasing their fourth album Long Gone Before Daylight (2003) a mellower country-laden record. Their last album Super Extra Gravity (2005), a continuation of the country music infused by pop sensibility and further maturing in the band's sound, was the best-selling Swedish album of that year.[citation needed] After a 2006 tour, the band embarked on a long five-year break from musical activities, before reuniting in 2012 to play several concerts. Overall the band sold over 15 million albums worldwide.

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.

Long gone is one of the best, if not the best album ive heard all year. its hard to understand the cardigans; their music is really happy, yet the lyrics are haunting, sad, and at times very violent. nina persson has one of the best voices in pop, as well as being one of the best lyricists.

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.

communication: 10/10
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: 9.5/10
live and learn: 10/10
feathers and down: 10/10
03.45: no sleep: 10/10
hold me (mini version): 8/10 (dont know why this track is on)
if theres a chance: 10/10
for the boys: 10/10
overall: 9.5/10

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Condition New
Format LP, 180 Gram
Label Universal Records
Color Black