The Cardigans – Emmerdale

ARTIST: The Cardigans         220px-CardigansEmmerdale

TITLE: Emmerdale

YEAR RELEASED: 1994

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: Rise and Shine (#29 UK), Black Letter Day, Sick and Tired (#34 UK)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: They cover Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

LINEUP: Lars-Olof Johansson, Bengt Lagerberg, Nina Persson, Magnus Sveningsson, Peter Svensson

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Sweet sounding Swedish pop band has a secret sour side.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: With Nina Persson on vocals, it’s hard to be a dour and sour group, and yes, most of the Cardigans work sound sweet, but there’s a hidden edge there.

The confluence of a sweet voice, bright sounding arrangements, and sometimes dark lyrics make for an intriguing and sometimes compelling listen. Peter Svensson’s ear for melody (mostly co-written with Magnus Sveningsson) and the arrangements draw you in, and Persson’s vocal delivery keeps you there.

They’re not quite 100% here – a couple of songs could have been reworked or developed more, but it’s still a great debut from a unique 90’s group.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Svensson was a former metal-head, thus the Sabbath cover.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, they released different versions of their first two albums, and there’s a version with the leftover songs appended to this album.

GRADE: B+: You’ll sing along and wonder why the words you’re singing are sometimes sad and bitter.

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