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First Band On The Moon

The Cardigans

1996

First Band On The Moon

Album Summary

First Band on the Moon is the third studio album by the Cardigans. It features the international single "Lovefool". It was first released on 12 August 1996 and internationally on 9 September 1996. The album was a major breakthrough for the band, both in their native Sweden and internationally. It is their best-selling album in the United States, having sold around 664,000 copies there as of September 2010.

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Rating

3.24

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5841

Genres

  • Pop
  • Rock
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Mon Nov 02 2020
5

This is absolutely brilliant - why have I never heard this before? I guess they are victims of being percieved to have a novelty hit. The arrangements are fantastic, the songs instantly engaging, the vocals are perfect. What a find!

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Sun Apr 11 2021
5

I always liked Lovefool since I heard it on KROC in the 90's, but man this whole album was a knockout! Not a song I didn't enjoy. Love their warm, unpredictable chord changes. I really like Nina's voice and the band is stellar. Thought I was hearing Black Sabbath influence in one of the earlier songs but figured I was imagining it - then they did that incredible Iron Man cover. Risky move but I thought they pulled it off, reimagining it in their own distinctive style. Didn't realize they were from Sweden. 5 stars!

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Sun Apr 11 2021
3

Pleasant fun. Only heard the radio single "lovefool" before. As an album it's a bit weirder than I had expected from the single. Are they quoting black fucking sabbath on "heartbreaker?" As I'm listening I think it's starting to grow on me. And then just straight up cover Iron Man?!

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Tue Sep 21 2021
4

I love Volvos! Volvos, aka the 'Socialist Containers' have always held my attention in a way that I cannot fully articulate. They're weird, but cool looking, especially the wagons. I bought one and it's kind of crap, it's got issues that nobody can figure out, once you solve one issue something else fails, kind of like this band. Nina Persson's voice is so soft, sexxy and warming, like my 50's pinup posters started singing to me ... mmmm Nina. However, the Playboy mansion submissive-bimbo-act got kinda gross after a couple of listens. The voice, ultimately becomes a liability and eventually a detractor. I really liked a song until I saw the title... "Happy Meal II" ummm, Nina not sure what happens in Sweden, but you can't sing about kinky thoughts and title it after a meal geared toward toddlers. Also, Iron Man is complete disaster bordering on blasphemy. Love Fool was overplayed and grated when this was released (though coming back, it is a really good song). Musically, there's a some uniquely good stuff. The percussion on Losers is wonderful, refrains on Great Divide, great and all songs really, have some secret sauce I can't quite figure out but really enjoy. There is enough to keep this album going. However, each time it's on, the liklihood of encountering irritation and disgust is high and trading it in for something that works is a real possiblity. Kind of like my Volvo. ---------------- Liner Note: Gran Turismo, the follow up to First Band on the Moon, shows a band that has evolved and is redeeming, that would be a five.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
3

I've always known The Cardigans as a one-hit wonder responsible for "Lovefool," which I'm very pleased to see is on this album. I know Alex is clamoring for classics, but I appreciate a chance to revisit a band like this to see how the album cuts were. I've been enjoying the album, finding a few tracks I like here and there, and then Lovefool comes on and I realize it's the hit single for a reason. Such a perfect jam, all the other pretty good songs pale in comparison. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy this album, but I totally understand the one-hit wonder status because I can't imagine the Cardigans ever reaching that height again. Shout-out to the "Iron Man" cover though, that's actually pretty awesome. Favorite tracks: Lovefool (by a mile), Iron Man, Been It. Album art: Surely this was part of a fan submission contest for "worst album cover imaginable"? Extremely blurry band photo, and it's just the drummer. Is this even the Cardigans in the shot? I don't know, and I also don't care. I had to check out all their other album covers and yes, this is easily the worst. Do better, guys. 3.5/5

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Mon Jun 07 2021
2

Worst Iron Man cover ever

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Fri May 28 2021
5

Dear, I fear we're facing a problem You love me no longer, I know and Maybe there is nothing that I can do To make you do Mama tells me I shouldn't bother That I ought just stick to another man A man that surely deserves me But I think you do So I cry and I pray and I beg Love me love me Say that you love me Fool me fool me Go on and fool me Love me love me Pretend that you love me Leave me leave me Just say that you need me So, I cry and I beg for you to Love me love me Say that you love me Leave me leave me Just say that you need me I can't care 'bout anything but you Lately I have desperately pondered Spent my nights awake and I wonder What I could have done in another way To make you stay Reason will not lead to solution I will end up lost in confusion I don't care if you really care As long as you don't go So I cry, I pray, and I beg Love me, love me Say that you love me Fool me, fool me Go on and fool me Love me, love me Pretend that you love me Leave me, leave me Just say that you need me So I cry and I beg for you to Love me, love me Say that you love me Leave me, leave me Just say that you need me I can't care 'bout anything but you Love me, love me (say that you love me) Fool me, fool me (go on and fool me) Love me, love me (I know that you need me) I can't care 'bout anything but you

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Thu Feb 04 2021
5

Absolute fire

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Mon Apr 19 2021
5

Wow! I had never really listened to them before, but I knew of them. Nina Persson's voice is so soothing and entrancing. This album is excellent! I am really loving this album. Cheerful, bopping, jazz/pop/rock. There's even flutes!

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Tue Sep 21 2021
5

What a great way to start the week! Reminds me of driving home from uni and popping this cassette (I’m old!), that I borrowed from my roommate, in for a 5 hour drive. It’s a pop album, but not of the over manufactured variety. The music has a quality that I can’t quite pin down. There is a a lot more depth, and a uniqueness, that stands out from typical pop music. There are a lot of lyrics dealing with relationships, including: dating a man-child celebrity (Been It), being a commitmentphobe (Heartbreaker), being smitten for an upcoming date (Happy Meal II), being a doormat (Step On Me), and lack of self worth with a side of desperation (Lovefool). Then of course, there is the cover of Black Sabbath’s Iron Man. The two main songwriters were previously in metal bands. Thus, Black Sabbath were a big influence. The juxtaposition of Black Sabbath’s metal sound with the consumable, pop sound of The Cardigans always fascinates me. In fact, they covered several Sabbath songs throughout the years and referenced their lyrics in other non-covers (Heartbreaker). This album is fantastic, but I actually prefer their preceding album Life, which is not on the 1001 list. Too bad because it is awesome too!

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Tue Dec 14 2021
5

Finally, someone delivers on all the promises the Carpenters only hinted at, the ones that Richard Carpenter cock-blocked Karen Carpenter from attempting. That's not to compare the vocal styles of Nina Persson and the silky smooth Karen Carpenter. But there's a sadness to a lot of the Cardigans that's baked into some cheesy sounds. There's also a pretty great cover of a Black Sabbath classic. Most of the album sounds like bubble-gum pop meets new-era grunge lounge, and I'm here for all of it. "Lovefool" was a number one song for all intents and purposes (it was released during that weird era when Billboard didn't have their shit together, so many bangers of the era were relegated to charts titled "Top 100 Radio Airplay" and "Top 40 Mainstream". Fuckin' algorithms). But I'm telling you, that song was EVERYWHERE in 1997. It had some sort of relationship with that Romeo + Juliet movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, which makes sense somehow. When a song is that perfect, it's going to work anywhere. The Cardigans didn't reach the level of success that fellow Swedish bands Abba or Ace Of Base did, and it sounds like a lot of that was due to the fact that the success of "Lovefool" freaked them out a little. I still own three CDs by the Cardigans, and I'll take them over anything by Ace Of Base anytime.

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Tue Mar 23 2021
4

nice 90s pop, some really great tracks on here but there's a few annoying ones as well. the iron man cover kinda rocks. 7/10

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Wed Apr 14 2021
4

Relaxed, fun album. Some new songs for me that I liked (Your New Cuckoo, Never Recover, the Iron Man cover). I’ll give them a 4 in part because I think their sound is unique.

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Sat Jan 30 2021
4

Reminds me a lot of the twee/anorak pop from groups like Tallulah Gosh, Marine Girls, and Heavenly (sans the school-aged imagery that followed around these twee as fuck bands). However, unlike those groups, The Cardigans manage to be even more sugary sweet, hiding all the bitter bite of their punk in their lyrics. The album is swimming with sweet-sounding songs about heartbreak ("Your New Cuckoo"; "Lovefool"), sardonic songs lampooning the facile images of a woman in love ("Been It"; "Step on Me"), a great song about a one-night stand ("Heartbreaker"). What's more, The Cardigans always seem to pull away from the sweetness at just the right moment, preventing the listener from feeling overwhelmed by the saccharine sound of the music. If twee pop was punk in a school uniform, The Cardigans is punk in a prom dress, the very poofiest one. Between a 3 and 4, but closer to a 4.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

AH. The Lovefool song. I recognize that one. So that's what this band is known for huh. I like the vocalist. I like the album's chill vibe.

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Mon Aug 09 2021
4

I really like this album. A wonderful collection of pop/rock songs. Accessible, but not generic, with beautiful melodies and interesting arrangements. I love Nina Persson's voice, and Peter Svensson's guitar work is incredible - an absolute master of guitar tone, and always seems to play exactly what is required for the song (and no more). Love the production too, with all the instruments and vocals clear and defined and exactly where they need to be. (4.3)

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Tue Jul 27 2021
3

This album gave me extreme enjoyability whiplash. For the first few songs I honestly thought I might be giving it a 1, they just plain annoyed me. But then Never Recover was fun enough to at least solidify a 2. But then Lovefool came, and my deep hatred for that song made me want to drop it down to a 1 again… but then immediately after Losers came on and not only saved it from losing a star, it bumped it all the way to a 3. And then that Black Sabbath cover… I honestly have no idea how to feel about it other than strangely intrigued. With the album ending on a nice but forgettable few songs, I think I’ll have to rate this a very confused 3 in the end.

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Tue Sep 21 2021
2

This album was fine. But I started it with the hope of trying to figure out the difference between The Cardigans and Sixpence None the Richer and I still haven’t so I’m a bit disappointed it wasn’t as illuminating as I had hoped.

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Sun Jun 26 2022
2

Not for me. I don't like Lovefool and I really dislike the Sabbath cover. The rest is very meh. Inoffensive wishy washy indie rock. I have no idea why it is on the list. Even the album cover looks like a mistake Solid 2

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Thu Dec 02 2021
1

It’s like they wrote one incredibly catchy song by complete accident.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
5

Never would have listened if it weren't for this 1001 albums, and I really enjoyed!

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Fri Apr 02 2021
5

Great pop rock album. Need some more Cardigans in my life!

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Fri May 28 2021
5

lovely

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Wed Apr 14 2021
5

I loved this!

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Tue Jan 26 2021
5

Lovefool is one of the greatest songs of all time and I stand by that

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Wed Feb 10 2021
5

I forgot about this album. It;s really good!

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Tue Mar 23 2021
5

Didn't finish this one. Her voice is too much n the lyrics are corny. 4/10 for me

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Mon Jun 28 2021
5

Loved it!

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Thu Mar 25 2021
5

baroque/art pop record sandwiching an absolute mammoth top 40 hit and a Sabbath cover

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Fri Apr 16 2021
5

the first 5 tracks go crazy. definitely a front-loaded record. Lovefool and Losers and Choke are the hits of the back half and Choke is a lovely ending. can't believe I haven't picked it up before ! favs: Been It, Your New Cuckoo

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Fri Jul 09 2021
5

I loved it. Wouldnt change a thing.

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Fri Aug 13 2021
5

Discazo

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Wed Aug 18 2021
5

Is there a genre for pop that is alternative? Really liked it. Humming liked charged satin.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

Sweet somewhat twee. Can see it’s influences all over modern indie music

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Thu Dec 02 2021
5

Guter Altpop, angenehme Stimme, Lovefool ist ein Klassiker.

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

I'm shocked I never listened to this album outside of Lovefool, but I guess I was too young at the time. Wow, this is a fantastic album and something that is right up my alley. This is exactly the type of music I love.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
5

Esto sí es "my jam" y lo disfruté mucho, creo que llegó tarde a los Cardigans, pero está bien, quizá pueda escucharlos mucho más ahora. "Been It", "Losers" y "Iron Man" son top, junto con el hitazo "Lovefool". 10/10

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Fri Jan 28 2022
5

Uno de los mejores discos de pop de los 90.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
5

I absolutely love this! So quirky and fun!

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Sat Feb 12 2022
5

loved it

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Sat Feb 19 2022
5

Immediate favorite! This is a magical discovery! "Lovefool" has been one of my favorite songs for a while, and the "Iron Man" cover is ill. Every song IS my favorite song, but I'll listen to "Your New Cuckoo" obsessively. And check out more of their work. Pretty great!

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Thu May 19 2022
5

all of them. never recover, happy meal, step on me

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Fri May 27 2022
5

Desconocía pero buena producción

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Sat Jun 18 2022
5

old favorite

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Fri Jul 15 2022
5

Shoegazy vocals but way less intense guitars. Not a bad song on the whole album. Can't quite think of any band that really sounds like them. Interesting guitar work the whole way through and great pacing from track to track. Excellent album.

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Tue Jul 26 2022
5

Lovefool is obviously the song everyone has heard, but I was pleasantly surprised that the rest of the album was so enjoyable. The vocals felt like a warm, comforting hug. The arrangements on each track were fairly interesting for a genre that I generally find fairly boring. 5/5

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Fri Aug 26 2022
5

Incredible. Actually a favorite album of mine now.

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Sat Aug 27 2022
5

Probably one of my favorite albums on this whole list that I haven’t already heard before. Solid songs throughout. I really enjoy the vocal performance. The iron man cover was great

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

pegao pegao bruh pegao

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

Perfect 90s pop.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
5

Þessi plata fór fram hjá mér á sínum tíma, ólíkt Life og Gran Turismo, en ég hef blessunarlega heyrt hana oft í seinni tíð. Á spilunarlistanum drottnar Lovefool yfir restinni, en þetta er heildstæð og mjög flott plata. Eiginlega alveg frábær. Meiri Cardigans, takk.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
5

This has some weird little things going but rips

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Sat Nov 19 2022
5

9/10 there is some really good rock here but I had no idea this album had THAT song and it hit me like a ton of bricks when that chorus came in outside of that song, this is a great album

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Sat Nov 19 2022
5

Great

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Fri Dec 16 2022
5

Great Album, lots of fun to listen to. Sounds like a lot of fun to make too!

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Wed Dec 21 2022
5

Super unique and interesting for it's time, some great songwriting, excellent production. Was really surprised by this album so it gets a slightly higher rating

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Thu Jan 19 2023
5

Love this. The Iron Man cover seals the deal for a 5

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Sun Jan 29 2023
5

Every so often one takes a listen that confuses in a particularly delightful way. The Cardigans don't venture into mysterious territories on this album; Instead, the reference points get all confused. The Swedish-pop sheen comes with lyrics that are tougher than gossamer. You hear Metric and realize that you might like that band even more than you'd like to admit. First Band on the Moon's transitions are absolutely perfect, and the references to heavy music absolutely twee. I don't want to find the faults.

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Tue Mar 23 2021
4

An album that I'm kind of surprised to see here (The Cardigans are considered a one-hit wonder, after all). Went into it thinking my mind wouldn't be changed, but this is a great pop/rock record with some fun disco and grunge influences. The "Iron Man" cover is super fun, too. Favorite tracks: "Been It", "Lovefool", "Happy Meal II"

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Fri Oct 02 2020
4

While definitely not something I could listen to any day, it's something I surely would find myself revisiting whenever I'm in the mood for some more lighthearted, perhaps even saccharine tunes.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Very positive, yet lower-key alternative rock album. "Lovefool" is a classic from the album, but the other songs blend together nicely and have a good sound to them.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

Lovefool is still a complete ear worm. Rest of the album is pretty enjoyable

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Sat Feb 13 2021
4

Originale Version von Lovefool. Ich mag den Sound.

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Tue Mar 23 2021
4

8

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Tue Apr 20 2021
4

First song got me hooked; liked the disco-meets-indie rock style. I liked how the songs segued from one song to the next. Thought it sounded like an often-played radio song from the 90s, then I wasn't surprised when Lovefool came on! Highlights: -Your New Cuckoo -Great Divide -Choke

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

Very good

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

Before I get into my review, is that Hector Salamanca in the music video for "Your New Cuckoo"? I was genuinely suprised when I heard the funky bass line and dance drums at the beginning of this album, I was not expecting it, given the album cover, then I realized that this is the band that made "Lovefool" (which is a fantastic song) so the funky vibes started to make sense. The vocals on this album remind me so much of Mars Argo, and both bands even have the same kind of baroque quirkiness to them. I love the unconventional instruments used in these songs, ones that weren't too popular in the 90's rock albums like strings, flutes, trumpet, even the theremin. The melodies on this album are very modern sounding, I had to go and double check the year this album was released because it sounds very 2010's, especially the iron man cover. I really enjoyed how funky and jazzy this album got while maintaining an overall indie-rock kind of feeling. I wish the album was longer because I would have liked to hear some more of these ideas fleshed-out, but I love what we got. This is going onto the list of albums I need to re-listen to. Favorite track: Your New Cuckoo - Least favorite track: Losers

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

I liked this one pretty well, though I don’t know that I would look up more on purpose. I wouldn’t turn it if it came on, though. This is in my wheelhouse era of music, so I was pretty sure I would like it.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

Surprisingly really good

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Wed Apr 14 2021
4

oh, THAT's the cardigans. yeah, got it. i do love her voice, and the giant hit of theirs was actually ok to hear again - i guess it's been long enough. they're better than i'd expected

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

Surprisingly I liked a few songs off this album!

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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

Didn’t realize this is the band that made Lovefool. Singer has beautiful vocals, love the tempo of the entire album. Last song feels like end credits 4.2

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

Rock muy suave, melódico, agradable de oír. Buenas melodías y bonita voz.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
4

I overall liked this album. Lovefool is a fun song. Lost some steam in the back half, but that was a weird iron man cover

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Wed Apr 14 2021
4

some of these sound like songs that would be playing softly in department stores. Still liked it!

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Tue Mar 23 2021
4

Actually really enjoyable, I like how her voice floats over the music effortlessly. 8

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

Only bc lovefool is the song.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

4/5

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Sun Mar 14 2021
4

Nothing else really sounds like this, I love hearing rock with a feminine edge to it. The sonic palate is so comforting

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Mon Feb 15 2021
4

Definitely a fan! Really interesting! Some not great lyrics but overall loved it!

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Sat Jan 30 2021
4

I can't rate this without significant bias: 1) I'm coming right frim Cheap Trick which, in conparison, makes this look like gold. 2) The singer's voice is intoxicating in a good way. The kinda voice I'd rather hear sing, even if the music isn't... good. 3) Lovefool is on this album? Thats an insta point. 4) 'Your New Cuckoo' is particularly intoxicating. 5) The music part is not something I'm immediately comfortable just rating. Its multifaceted in ways that I'd need to be more attentive to. It is mostly entertaining to me though. 6) Its a... girlpop. so... I'm gonna have to say its just good!

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

Didn't know Lovefool was by them. This album was pretty good, wish I could give a 3.5, but I'll round up.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

LOVEFOOL behöver jag säga mer? Superduperbra. Gillar Been it också, generellt känns alla låtar nostalgiska trots att jag inte hört majoriteten av dem. Tänker att den ligger på 3,5/5 eller 4/5

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Tue May 11 2021
4

Nice voice, very cute good vibes.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
4

the singers voice is really nice and the album has good vibes

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Sat Apr 17 2021
4

O cover de Iron Man é excelente. Choke é uma música curiosa, com os acordes de Iron Man. Muito bom

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Thu May 13 2021
4

Great representation of the 90s. I've heard it before but it's been many years. I'll probably listen to it again someday or possibly other albums from their discography.

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Tue May 18 2021
4

Really enjoyed the flow of the album, instrumentals are great, voice is also nice, 4/5

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Fri Jul 16 2021
4

Love me some female vocals GREAT

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Thu Jun 10 2021
4

complicated, breezy, curvy, adventurous, catchy, fun, some good pop hooks and also surprising compositional twists, re-listen for sure

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

Rating: 8/10 Best songs: Your new cuckoo, Been it, Lovefool, Iron man

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Wed Jun 16 2021
4

Bastantes temazos indiepop que entran muy bien

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Tue May 18 2021
4

Done. Would listen to again.

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Tue May 18 2021
4

good

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Tue Jul 13 2021
4

This a great album to listen to. I appreciated the vocals, but over time it can get a little boring and repetitive. However, if you are listening in short/medium bouts, it will be a great album to put on.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
4

This is nice. Just chill and light with a great vocalist.

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Tue Jul 27 2021
4

Great performance, and the surprise Iron Man cover really sealed this up for me

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Wed Jul 28 2021
4

Very interesting vocals. Nice and cheerful. Really liked the Ironman cover

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Sat Jul 31 2021
4

Phenomenal 90's pop-rock.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
4

Enjoyed this one - liked that it started with a disco feel on the opening track. Lots of cool guitar and bass parts to listen to. Only heard "lovefool" from this album before and the rest was pleasantly surprising.

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