Best Of

Best Of

by The CardigansThe Cardigans

CD(Dutch Import)

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Unfortunately, the Cardigans are best known in the United States for their 1997 single "Lovefool," a fluke Top 40 hit thanks to its inclusion on the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's splashy updating of Romeo and Juliet. In that context, the Swedish quintet came off as Europop lightweights, Ace of Base with a bit more indie cred. This truly did the group a disservice, because as Best of the Cardigans reveals, Nina Persson and company were a truly gifted pop band that delivered some of the most intoxicating singles of the '90s. Proceeding in chronological order from 1994's Emmerdale through 2005's Super Extra Gravity, the 22 tracks are front-loaded with many of the band's finest, from their winsome debut single "Rise and Shine" to the tongue in cheek lounge pop of the singles from 1995's Life, the glorious "Carnival" (arguably their career high point) and "Daddy's Car." A more conventional alt-rock sound enters circa 1997's First Band on the Moon's bitter kiss-off "Been It," and by the time of later albums like the electronica-inspired Gran Turismo and the moody Long Gone Before Daylight, the Cardigans seemed stung by misapprehensions about their earlier work that had overlooked its ironic humor and seen only the bubblegummy surface. That seems to have changed, however, if the 22-second long "Bonus Track" and the glitchy dance-rock take on Talking Heads' "Burning Down the House," with guest vocals by Tom Jones, that end the disc are any indication.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/03/2008
Label: Polydor Uk
UPC: 0602517474949
catalogNumber: 1747494
Rank: 27928


  1. Rise and Shine
  2. Sick and Tired
  3. After All...
  4. Carnival
  5. Daddy's Car
  6. Love Fool
  7. Been It
  8. Losers
  9. War
  10. My Favourite Game
  11. Erase/Rewind
  12. Hanging Around
  13. Higher
  14. For What It's Worth
  15. You're the Storm
  16. Live and Learn
  17. Communication
  18. I Need Some Fine Wine and You, You Need to Be Nicer
  19. Don't Blame Your Daughter (Diamonds)
  20. Godspell
  21. Bonus Track
  22. Burning Down the House

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