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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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4649

Genres

  • Pop
  • Rock
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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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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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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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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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Worst Iron Man cover ever

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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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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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5

Absolute fire

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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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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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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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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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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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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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5

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

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5

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

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5

lovely

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5

I loved this!

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5

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

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5

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

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5

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

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5

Loved it!

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5

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

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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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5

I loved it. Wouldnt change a thing.

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5

Discazo

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5

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

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5

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

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5

Guter Altpop, angenehme Stimme, Lovefool ist ein Klassiker.

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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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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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5

Uno de los mejores discos de pop de los 90.

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5

I absolutely love this! So quirky and fun!

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5

loved it

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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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5

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

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5

Desconocía pero buena producción

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5

old favorite

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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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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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5

Incredible. Actually a favorite album of mine now.

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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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5

pegao pegao bruh pegao

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5

Perfect 90s pop.

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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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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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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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4

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

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4

Originale Version von Lovefool. Ich mag den Sound.

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8

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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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4

Very good

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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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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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4

Surprisingly really good

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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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4

Surprisingly I liked a few songs off this album!

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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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4

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

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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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4

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

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4

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

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4

Only bc lovefool is the song.

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4

4/5

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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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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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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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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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4

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

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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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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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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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4

Nice voice, very cute good vibes.

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4

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

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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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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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4

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

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4

Love me some female vocals GREAT

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4

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

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4

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

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4

Bastantes temazos indiepop que entran muy bien

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4

Done. Would listen to again.

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4

good

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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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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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4

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

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4

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

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4

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

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4

Phenomenal 90's pop-rock.

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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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4

Some decent songs here. For years, I thought they were just "Lovefool" and nothing else. This is a really good album and shows their metal appreciation. Pleasantly surprised!

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4

The 90s are alive. Lovefool is on every 90z playlist. Iron Man cover is pretty cool. Otherwise, not bad

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4

Fun twee pop

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4

I really liked this one. I thought to myself "yo this album fucks." I don't super know what that means, but I liked it.

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4

Yeah, this is more my kinda thing. Nice 90s indie vibes.

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4

Simple pop rock album

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4

-good bassline in "Your New Cuckoo" -"Never Recover" is quite catchy -Probably the chillest cover of "Iron Man" ever made, I also like the Black Sabbath reference in "Choke" -Solid drumming throughout -I feel like usually this would be too chill for me, but it was either just upbeat enough, or maybe there was just enough going on to make it interesting

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4

Was prepared to hate this. I've heard the one song so many damn times but I really loved this one.

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4

Wow. I'd heard Lovefool before but that might be the worst track on here. Good stuff.

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4

Such a good album

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4

The first song has a nice 60s folk-pop, Brazilian acid-jazz feel. I like the flute. Bright, jangly (Johnny Marr-ish) guitar throughout and Nina Persson’s vocals over top give things a moody feel. There is enough variation in song structures to make it interesting for a full album. A bit of Black Sabbath channeling going on, which of course I’m not going to complain about.

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4

Strange, for some reason I always thought that they were an Irish band. Turns out they're Swedish. Anyway, this was a solid album. Good lyrics, with some nice wordplay on some of the tracks. I'm probably in the minority but I also enjoyed the cover of Iron Man because it's so different than the original. Lovefool is a classic the I still enjoy. My only real criticism is that the drums on Heartbreaker sounds like it was recorded back in the 70s. Maybe that's the sound they were going for.

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4

We all know the "hit". I played it for the Mrs. and she said "Oh, I liked her better in No Doubt." Me: "That's not Gwen Stefani." Which tells you either the generic-ness of this song or how little my wife can tell about singers. I am going to go with column A. Anyway, the songs grew on me after a while "Choke" to close out the album was really quite good. Definitely better than I was expecting, considering the "hit". I'd probably give this a 3.6, rounding up to...

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4

I was a little worried this would be Lovefool plus a bunch of fillers, but I mostly liked this album. It had a definite groovy pop feel of 60s nostalgia, which makes sense for mid/late 90s. But I could have done without the dumb Iron Man cover.

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4

Love Fool wins probably for nostalgia purposes, but a lot of tracks have similar energy and instrumentation (in a good way). A fun listen.

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4

So much to say about this album! I thought I had never heard a cardigans song until I listed to Lovefool. I had no idea that was the cardigans and think it's the worst song on this album! Unsurprisingly, I loved Heartbreak, was completely taken by the Iron Man cover and think the Great Divide is a perfect break-up song. I love the title of the album and, with it's unique percussive sounds, it rings true to the mood they were trying to create here.

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4

The vocals don’t work on every track, but when they click it totally sings.

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4

I like the cardis

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4

Underrated band. I prefer the darker sound of Gran Turismo but this is a decent album too. Sweet, smart, sugary Swedish indie-pop goodness, and they've put some effort into the sequencing too which hasn't gone unnoticed by this reviewer.

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4

Surprisingly good - and Lovefool is excellent.

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4

Killer 90s alt with gorgeous lilting vocals. Love it.

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4

Me encantó es un disco para ordenar la casa un sábado c la yarda, con sol

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4

smooth and pleasant

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4

First off, I believe this band's moon landing was faked. Called it. All in all this was a pretty weird one. Quite modern and quite oldschool at the same time and pretty quirky all around. I enjoyed it, although it's hard to say how much I enjoyed it and that seemed to change with every song. The songs that stood out most were the opener for making me think "I don't know what this is, but I like it", Lovefool for making me think "Ohh I've heard this one before, but never the original, I believe" and Iron Man for making me think "This is a pretty weird cover, the style really doesn't fit the song".

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4

How fun! Obviously I've heard "Lovefool" many times on the radio, but I had no idea there was a worthwhile record behind it.

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4

Quite refreshing

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4

It was good. I didn't like all of the songs, but the second half was way better than the first.

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4

Pretty cool. Interesting spin on alt/punk making it almost twee.

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4

skemmtileg plata og lovefool insane catchy dæmi

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4

Swedish, good song on it, kinda monotone in sound. A little samey

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4

Good album, enjoyed it more than I expected and actually knew Lovefool (classic 90’s single)

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4

Everybody knows "Love Fool" but there were a few others here that are worth knowing! Unexpectedly good album.

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4

Bumping

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4

What seems a standard twee pop album quickly expands to become an interesting exploration in pop arrangement and instrumentation. While 'Lovefool' steals most of the LP's spotlight, it's the at-times discordant progressions and off-kilter rhythms that make the tracks here so memorable and engaging.

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4

I loved this. Lovely tunes, lovely singing, lovely music, lovely album. Lovely.

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4

It's weird that this band is a one-hit wonder because this whole album is great!

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4

Lovely and weird, but also engaging and poppy.

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4

Amazing

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4

Tout ce qui sort des années 90 n'est finalement pas à jeter

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4

This was a cool album with lots if interesting sounds. It contained one of the most interesting covers I’ve ever heard (Iron Man) and plenty of other catchy songs.

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4

Not familiar with this band other than one song on this album. Never would have recognized the cover of Iron Man, but I thought it was really interesting. I think this is pretty good pop/rock and would isten again.

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Loverfool is enduring and it includes yet another Black Sabbath cover (Iron Man). It is very good well made 90s pop with some creative and very interesting arrangements. This holds up better for me than many other works from the period.

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Fun

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This is a very nice album. The vocalist has a lovely child like quality that reminds me of Andrea Lewis of The Darling Buds. Songs are good, the melodies tight and the arrangements are fresh and tasteful and really well executed. Interesting to me is that the only song from the album that I recognize; Lovefool is, I think, one of the least successful on the album. A very nice album . 4 stars

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4/5

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The first half of this album was way better than I expected. Kind of a drop off after lovefool, but changed my perspective on this band.

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Wasn't expecting an Iron Man cover, it has no right being that good. Losers was my fave track but honestly, this whole album is 🔥

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I was preparing for this to be one of those albums that’s only on here for the one popular song but I was pleasantly surprised. Lovefool almost got completely outshined by step on me and the iron man cover was super interesting and fun

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4

I was pleasantly pleased with this album only going in knowing one song. Great song for the 90s that bridges the gap between pop and rock, and also have a cover of iron man.

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4

Enjoyed it. Never stopped to listen a Cardigans album.

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4

Very nice

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i liked that all the songs had a unique sound!

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4

Great collection of songs. Solid throughout, I especially liked the Iron Man cover took me a minute to pick up on what it was.

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I think I was so used to "Lovefool" that I thought all their songs would sound like that. But I was pleasantly surprised! I know I say that a lot on these reviews, but I really did like what I was hearing here. Loved the production and instrumentals. Lyrically, it was a hit or miss, and some songs didn't quite click with me. Overall, though, would definitely listen again!

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I loved a lot of these songs. I can't believe I hadn't heard this album before.

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4

Yeah pretty good, such a 90s feel

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4

What a funky album.

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4

very cool!

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I rather enjoyed this. I mean, it's impossible to anything about this album without mentioning Lovefool, which is one of the biggest singles of all time, ever - ever! 4. It does lean slightly towards samey, but it's enjoyable pop so you can kind of forgive it.

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Thats a 5 Maybe just 4 Didn't expect the Black Sabbath cover

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There's a cool Iron Man cover here.

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I like the Iron Man song the most; it's very chill.

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Yeah, it’s good. Obviously one massive smash hit. But I really liked the vibe of the whole album. I’d forgotten how funky it was with those cool bass lines.

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4

Great album, sometimes too popy.

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Nice

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Znam samo lovefool i my favourite game od njih al sam odma znala da ce mi se svidit ovaj album. I je. Godi srcu. Ovaj iron man cover je bio ugodno iznenađenje

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"Been It" fucking slaps. The vocal and the lead guitar sound so good together. There's also a bouncy, melodic bass which I fall for so easily. This could be a Jellyfish song. "Losers" is another strong tune. The tumbling vocal and drums in the chorus contrast with the dreamy verses. The "Iron Man" cover is weird. I bought this album when it was first released after becoming enchanted by the song "Carnival" from their previous record. I never gave this album too deep of a listen back then and I'm surprised to see it on this list. All in all, it's a solid alternative rock/pop album that captures where popular music went after grunge yielded to other sounds.

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4

Gran Turismo is better, but this is good.

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it's hipstery alt-pop but somehow also disco... tbh not my thing (and I fuckin KNEW that one song was them, I just couldn't remember the name) altho I did think the lil black sabbath tribute was cool. 3/5.

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3

Sugary music.

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Fængende poprock, muntert, simpelt

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Interesting album, didn't know Lovefool is their song

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Fun

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Far better than I thought it would be.

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some songs are GREAT, and some are just really bad..

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3

Not too band. Includes the cardigans hit lovefool. Also has a interesting cover of iron man. Has the classical cardigans sound

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3

Not my favorite Cardigans album, but still a few nice songs on it, including classic Lovefool.

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3

Not quite my type

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Not bad. The Iron Man cover though?

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Chill light 90s pop. Reminds me of early Gwen ska.

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Saccharinely sweet. I do like her voice though, but I might prefer it in a different context. No idea that "Lovefool" was this band, crazy. That Ironman cover was unexpected, kind of like it?

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Lovefool classic. Also liked Your New Cuckoo and Been It

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Happy music

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one hit wonder known for the wrong song

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Definitely influenced alvvays

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Trippy Swedish indie pop

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I reallly love lovefool but its a rather average album

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Enjoyed a few songs on here, but overall a fun and forgettable record. Some places the vocals were too twee, some they felt just right. 3

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false

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When I first saw the album on the website I was scratching my head trying to figure out why the name sounded familiar. Then when I pulled the album up the lightbulb went off. Lovefool was one of my childhood favorite songs and comes with a story. One of the few memories I have from living in Minnesota is getting on an ice cold bus in the morning to go to school and one of the neighbor girls, don’t remember her name, but on the bus this song came on and she turned around and did a lip sync of it to me. That memory has always stuck with me and I always think about it when listening to love fool. I don’t think anyone had sang to me before so it was a big deal. But not as big a deal as this band being the first band on the moon! I’m saddened they weren’t able to film their moon visit because that would be cool to hear them perform Lovefool in Lunar Orbit or even on the moons surface. Unfortunately, their album cover is forgettable and most of the other songs on the album are equally unremarkable. They have an interesting sound that seems like something out of the 70’s flower child movement but the lyrics did not stick with me at all. Except for Lovefool (and the Iron Man cover!). I love that song.

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Okay now this is a good album. At first, all I was thinking was this sounds like some Gwen Stefani wannabee but as soon as I heard Lovefool, I realized what I did was wrong. Very moody but didn't lose that feeling of rock. The cover of Iron Man was also very well done and I may like it more than the original. I don't have much else to say other than it's a great listen but I don't see myself listening to it more than a couple of times, I think 3 would be enough.

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3

Pop with good arrangements

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6. Quite pleasant to listen to, but nothing to get very excited about either.

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3

unremarkable

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Mixed feelings, I'm never a big fan of breathy vocals, and her voice in general kind of annoys me but there were some catchy songs on here

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Me escuché las tres primeras y sonaba mu guay pero tenía que hacer ejercicio y me apetecía mover el cucu con Release Me de Agnes

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Interesting. Did not expect the Iron Man cover from the Lovefool band. There more here than meets the eye.

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good tunes. alluring female vocalist. the iron man cover is unexpectedly good.

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3

An ok album with some well crafted pop songs. Very much ‘of its type’ and not a record that I’d badge as essential listening

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Lovefool is a classic. When I first heard Your New Cuckoo, I thought this album would be very one note. However after listening to a lot of the tracks I was quickly proven wrong. I love love the Iron Man cover, what an excellent spin on that song.

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Nice enough to listen to, a few tracks I would listen to again. The Iron Man cover is weird though!

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Bright, happy Scandi-pop from the 1990s. It's got a kind of dreamy, cool vibe, rather than pure cheesy pop. I remember the big single from this. The whole album sounds pretty good - better than most Britpop of the period at least. I don't think there's enough here for it to be essential listening by any means... 3/5

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Unexpected move making Black Sabbath sound happy. Good album.

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First Band on the Moon is saved by the Cardigans' core strengths: Persson's vocals and Svensson's arrangements.

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Wasnt too bad, love the singers voice. Was glad to hear Lovefool, its a great song. Wouldnt say no to listening again. 3 stars

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Poppy/alt-rock. Guitar, bass, keyboard, vocals.

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Every song is more unexpected than the last! The first track really sets you up for something generic but "Been It" comes in with a slappin' riff and "Heartbreaker" slows things down with this dreamy, waltzy vibe. Really digging this!

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Not offensive to my ears or anything, just not really my preferred style. Felt a little cheesy to me.

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Wouldn’t listen to for pleasure but tells a great story and adds a whole level to lovefool

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I had only ever heard Lovefool before. This album was a pleasant surprise.

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