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First Band On The Moon

The Cardigans

1996

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3.21

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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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Absolute fire

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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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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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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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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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lovely

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5

I loved this!

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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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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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loved it

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5

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

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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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Originale Version von Lovefool. Ich mag den Sound.

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8

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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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Very good

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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3

Fængende poprock, muntert, simpelt

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3

Interesting album, didn't know Lovefool is their song

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3

Fun

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3

Far better than I thought it would be.

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3

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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3

Not bad. The Iron Man cover though?

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3

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

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3

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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3

Lovefool classic. Also liked Your New Cuckoo and Been It

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3

Happy music

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one hit wonder known for the wrong song

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3

Definitely influenced alvvays

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3

Trippy Swedish indie pop

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3

I reallly love lovefool but its a rather average album

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3

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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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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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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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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Not usually my type of music, so I didn't expect to like this to be honest. But it positively suprised me and I found myself enjoying this quite a bit.

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It was ok. Was never a fan of Lovefool and the rest was in a similar vein.

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Somewhere between okay and good, but it has a song on it I love (lovefool). Would enjoy it a lot more if it was less pop and more alt.

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S-ABBA-th Not too shabby

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3 stars

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I don't know what I've listen to but it's not 2 star thing. So 3 stars.

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I'm really not a fan of the twee vocals, although the music is fine, quirky 90s alt-pop fare. Hiding behind those vocals are some occasionally clever musical moments. I heard "Lovefool" so many times back in the day I was not inclined to like it now, but it has a heck of a hook to it I must admit. +1 for the unexpected cover of "Iron Man," which was the best song on the album. Favorite songs: Iron Man, Step on Me, Lovefool

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Better than I expected, but also there weren't any hidden gems that made my playlist. Best track: Lovefool

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Wirklich nett aber durch und durch nett

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Ganz schön, aber für mich nichts besonderes

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What is it with Swedes and English language bubblegum pop? This was all pleasant enough, though other than the song that dominated a certain slice of my radio/video airtime history, not all that memorable.

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Catchy pop-rock pitched somewhere inbetween Badfinger and Orange Juice, which should be right up my alley. And it is, sort of - but the breathy, cooing singing wears on me after a while. I can take a track or two, but a whole album is just a hit of saccharine too much for moi.

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This is fine

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They would have gotten four stars from me if they hadn't done that shitty cover of Iron Man.

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Joah, klingt wie Tommy und Annika, die in den 90ern auf Sixties-Feelgood-Pop machen, mit Elementen aus Tropicana, Easy Listening, freundlicher Psychedelik und selbst aufgesetztem Pfefferminzlikör. Huch, es SIND Tommy und Annika, die in den 90ern auf Sixties-Feelgood-Pop machen, mit Elementen aus Tropicana, Easy Listening, freundlicher Psychedelik und selbst aufgesetztem Pfefferminzlikör? Na wer hätte das gedacht! Jedenfalls kommt mir das hier nicht mehr ganz so originell und frisch vor wie vor 25 (!) Jahren, als es noch viel Spaß brachte, das in voller Lautstärke im Wechsel mit Pizzicato 5 über den Zeltplatz beim Dynamo Festival zu blasen. Was es damals aber auf jeden Fall war. Und nett anzuhören ist es ja auch immer noch, daher: gern 2,8 dafür!

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Damals arbeitete ich mich an den sexy Flokati-Oberflächlichkeiten dieser Retro Perfektionisten ab. Klar war ich auch etwas verschossen in diese zart-raue, klein-starke Nina Persson (wer nicht?!). Höre ich dies nun etwas älter wieder, bleibt glücklicher Weise der cringe Moment aus, wenn man sich in der Nachschau reevaluiert; die Verkostung dieses Twee-Pop/Rock hält jedoch Höchstnoten zurück. Wie ein roter Sirupfaden zieht es sich durch eine Panton-Sitzlandschaft, in deren Brandlöchern, Baileys- und anderen Flecken die Lyrics kleben. Alles doch recht zuckrig und doch hieven die Supersingle „Lovefool“ und das trippin‘ Black Sabbath Cover „Iron Man“ das Ganze gehörig auf starke 2.5

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When "Lovefool" came on, I recognized it. Had not heard the other songs from this album. The sound and style reminds me of some fairly recent pop songs I've heard; no idea if this band in particular was the direct influence or if it's part of a broader movement, but it's fun. I like that it's pop with a bit more color and texture.

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very much enjoyed this nonsense ! i'd forgotten how good it is.

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Rentoa menoa

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I knew Lovefool obviously and have listened to other Cardigans albums previously, so this was an interesting diversion. Love Nina Persson's voice but the songs just didn't really stick out or move me

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Not doing much for me. Solid band, but mostly uninteresting songs.

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An OK Cardigans album, but I prefer some of their other albums.

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Cute pop album, Lovefool is a fun breezy song with nice hooks. Their cover of Iron Man is also an interesting take. If you’re in the mood for some Euro pop this one should fit the bill. This is a 2.5 star album, that I’ll round up.

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On the first song the dreamy background vocals ( la la la la la la) were borderline irritating but the guitar and lead vocals made a positive impression. I quite like Being It; I understand liking this song might be a Canadian thing. Lovefool is an excellent hit. When the Cowboy Junkies covered Sweet Jane I remember being pleasantly surprised that a mellow version with a female vocalist would word. Let's multiply that by a gazillion for the lovely cover of Iron Man. Her voice is kinda cool. I heard a flute a couple of times but don't see a credit. I like the name of the album but question the name of the band. Yeah I wear a cardigan occasionally but never thought of them as cool.

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Good pop album, but I'm not convinced it's essential.

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Mit einem Cardigans-Album hätte ich in dieser Liste nun wirklich nicht gerechnet. Eine durchwachsene Platte. Die üblichen Cardigans-Klopper (Rise&Shine, Lovefool, Rise and Shine, Carnival) fand ich ja immer sehr geil, den Rest eher so geht so, eben wie auf diesem Album. Die Iron Man-Coverversion ist allerdings sehr gelungen.

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It's different and unique and chic. Their take on Iron Man is cool. And of course many folks recognize and enjoy Lovefool (a solid song). But the album is just okay in my opinion. Worth a listen or two, for sure. Didn't blow me away.

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Ok mushes and flows into each song with a super familiar feel. I loved the Iron Man Cover.

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Weak indy

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Not what I had in my head for this band. Far more varied and imaginative than expected.

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Love her voice and really enjoyed the album... almost a 4 but not quite

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Quirkier than I expected, and just when you think you have the album worked out, it wrong foots you. ‘Lovefool’ is clearly the star of the show, but ‘First Band On The Moon’ isn’t your bog-standard shiny indie pop/disco/rock record, there’s a fair bit more happening under the hood than initially meets the eye. A grower.

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Pretty cool distorted indie pop. Not enough to make me want to listen again but apparently more than just a two hit wonder.

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Pretty good sound. The hopelessly romantic/desperate lyrics get a little old after a while. But some cool tunes, like a modern Indy album with a touch of 90s grunge.

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Not my favorite. Instrumentals were good but the vocals weren't for me.

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Aaah, Nina Persson, pop-rock goddess of my teens. Bit of a mixed bag, although enjoyed listening again after all this time. Completely wiped the Iron Man cover from my memory, interesting reworking.

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Wonderfully bummed pop.

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This one's got a couple keepers. And the vocals are deceptive, delivering lyrics that are more interesting than they appeared to me at first. And not one but two Black Sabbath references in a Swedish pop package. Ultimately, though, nothing close to a completely invaluable package, end to end.

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Album is a bit all over the place. Some songs are nice, some got way too much radio play in the 90's and some are downright weird. Overall a nice break from other things I listen to, but won't rise to an album I've GOT to listen to.

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It's fine. Been It and Lovefool seem to stand out... the other songs were okay and not particularly catchy. I don't mind the style, but not too much compelling to rate it higher or have me listen more times.

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Decent enough. Love lovefool, but the rest was just average.

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7/10

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I think it's ok - nothing really special to be honest save for "Lovefool", their by-far greatest hit. 6/10.

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Like many others, I am familiar with Lovefool and that's about it. Not really a song I ever listen to on purpose, but it's one of those singles that's impossible to avoid. Everyone has heard it at one point in their life. As far as the rest of the album goes, I thought it was alright. Unique voice, often catchy pop tunes. Would not be surprised if this influenced No Doubt's early sound. Deserves more credit than just a one-hit wonder band. The "Iron Man" cover was surprisingly good.

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‘Love Me’ and ‘The Great Divide’ are the stand out tracks! The rest: meh. Searing, incisive commentary, I know...

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I loved their album ‘Life’ which I think was the one before this. I didn’t think I knew this one but it all sounded very familiar so I think maybe I did have it back in the day, hard to remember through the fug of Mid nineties Two Dogs!

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Singles are good comfort food at this stage. The rest of the album is likeable but maybe a bit forgettable? Probably being harsh, but 3 stars seems a fair rating

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Quite pleasant to listen to, the big singles are stand out sounds of the 90s and as a whole the album flows nicely. But it didn't wow me

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Pretty slick with nice kicks and licks

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Don't love it

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Not terrible but a bit boring

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Ok background music, did not overly grab me. Honestly there are times I found her voice lovely & times it made me want to bang my head against a wall bc its so sickenly sweet. Overall ok tho & Heartbreaker was the standout to me!

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Lovely. Poppy. Jolly

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sometimes if feels you're listening to the same song again.

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Just OK

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OK. Other than Lovefool I wasn't impressed

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28th February 2022 Listened in the morning while working from home. Chilled evening watching nightmare alley. Diet No Doubt. Would have been 2.5 but for Love Fool.

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Vaya con las referencias a Black Sabbath de este album. Me gustaban de su época "Your new cuckoo" y "Love fool" (por supuesto). Mejor de lo que esperaba en conjunto.

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Love fool, not bad.

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This album didn't really grab me in the first half. It felt like there just wasn't enough there to hold my interest. I thought the second half was better, though. I suspect further listenings might improve my opinion of the album, but for now it gets 3.5/5 stars.

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i didn't expect it to be so jazzy. i mean jazz flute on your opening track, those crazy swedes. it was alright, i might have enjoyed some of it but i can't really remember.

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Apart from Lovefool The Cardigans were just a one hit lounge wonder, right? Bubblegum 90's. Sweden!! (ABBA). Trainwreckords on YouTube suggested their image is misleading and that their extended repertoire is much more subversive. Black Letter Day? Rise and Shine? Black Sabbath - Iron Man? Calling ahead to Sing Sing - Feels Like Summer? "Hooks for days!" "Seductive codependence" (trademark Todd in the Shadows). Trying to keep this short. First half of the record meandering, cloying. Schmaltzy instrumentals. Distracting sprite vocals. I think of bands like Depeche Mode and Muse where the vocals get in the way... Juliana Hatfield chain smoking wishing she could rough up her voice. The "failed follow up" next record "My Favourite Game" sounds like garbage.. The band Garbage - "It kicks a lotta ass!" ... but onwards and darkards - the Anti-Lovefool. Did they deserve better? "Hell Yeah" - Todd(tm).

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It's pleasant and airy with a nice female vocalist and a mega-hit in the middle. I could probably get into this on repeated listens. Maybe.

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Nice, pleasant, and fun. Nothing too profound. 3 stars.

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Not a bad album. Enjoyed some songs. Actually found that song Lovefool from this album. Good listen.

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A respectable set of songs from The Cardigans that includes their biggest hit and some better than expected material like Happy Meal II and Great Divide, not to mention a reimagined Black Sabbath cover. Favorites: Your New Cuckoo, Happy Meal II, Step on Me, Lovefool, Losers, Great Divide.

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Not bad

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It was okay.

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Some interesting sounds

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More than just Lovefool

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All things 90's, qué hermoso álbum.

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Highlights: Been It, Lovefool. It's a decent album around a huge hit. The Iron Man cover was a fun surprise.

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Very nice and inoffensive… these are fairly popular, but not my thing. Can just about see the appeal though, and this isn’t a bad album!

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If this album was a Friends quote, it would definitely be "I'm breezy". Nina Pearson's voice has an unconvinced cheeriness to it, which suits a lot of the lyrics. Overall, nice enough indie pop but (Lovefool aside) not all that memorable. Rating: 2.5/5 Playlist track: Lovefool Date listened: 04/05/22

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The Cardigans are the least offensive band from a nation that specialises in inoffensive pop

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A little too sugary sweet for me. Listening to a whole album is like eating too much vanilla frosting

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Intriguing, quirky, and kind of fun, but a lot of noise as well. Very strange version of Iron Man.

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I'm listening to The Cardigan's 'First Band on the Moon' and I'm having a little trouble with it. I'm two songs away from their gigantic hit 'Lovefool' and I can imagine liking this in the 90s. I think no matter how jaded and serious you can get about music, it's always nice to be open to some very finely produced pop music. I went into this album thinking I would not enjoy it very much. It makes me wonder if this is really one of the 1001 Albums I MUST listen to before I die? Lovefool has kicked in now. It's a great song and I have no complaints about hearing it again. Though I believe in the last twenty years I've been very sick of it. It was everywhere in TV and movies for a while. I would take this off the list. It's a great little album and very finely crafted musically. And the singing and vocals are nice. It's gotten to be sicky sweet. I'll finish the album. We are doing a Black Sabbath cover, okay well this is kind of cool. And odd. Okay it's finished and I'll say it was sugary and sweet, and elevated above your standard pop - but just not my speed these days.

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Meh. 1 good jam.

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I’m giving it two stars for the ‘Lovefool’ song, but a one-hit wonder doesn’t make an album iconic. Feels like scraping the bottom of the barrel.

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12 year old me had a huge crush on Nina out of the Cardigans. Having said that I only know the brilliant Lovefool from this album, so was excited for this. Sadly it’s mostly filled with quite average 90s pop songs. Her voice is undeniably sexy and carries a lot of it but this album has no place on a list of 1001 great albums. 2/5 and that’s almost entirely for lovefool and the singer being hot.

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Never knew this was more than a “one hit wonder” for Love Fool. But can say after listening to this album, which was their most sold,they should have stuck with the one hit. I watched 3 in video style and that helped,but feel the lead singer is too whispy of a vocal lead to push the great beat and words to the top. I did like New Cuckoo and Been It. The Iron Man remake was blasphemy of an amazing song that should never be tweaked. Cant image who permitted the desecration of such an Iron Clad song. So, nope Swedes, not impressed.

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Problem with Cardigans is, while they have truly great songs, the majority are fluff. Also: they have a better album than this.

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Not much of a giant leap.

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Too saccharine for me rn, didn’t finish :-/

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The Cardigans were always a little too nice for me. I prefer music to be slightly nasty, music you wouldn't strike up convo with in a pub. These guys would be among your best friends after one friendly chat. It's not bad, there are a ocuple of wonderful tracks, it just doesn't really stir any depth of feeling beyond the pleasant smile on the surface.

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Had heard lovefool before. Rest of it was fine. 2 or 3 stars.

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The throwback sound was cool at the time but now it sounds kind of lame

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It might be a decent piece of pop rock for most people, but after a couple of tracks Nina's vocals get on my nerves. It's way too sweet, all treble and throb, solely daydreaming about lost and future relationships. Lovefool is an absolute classic though, and I do like the mysterious tempo on their Iron Man cover. It's a 2/5, but closer to a 3/5 than to a 1/5 for sure.

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Main singer's voice is a little bit too weak and does not fit the band. But I support women, so I am not going to give 1 star rating.

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most instrumentals are good but the songs still feel like a joke that didn't make me laugh

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Yeah, I stopped when I got to that “Iron Man” cover. I don’t even think “cover” is the right word for whatever that was, but I don’t ever want to even speak of it again from this point on, please. Have we even had an actual Sabbath record yet??? This list is dead to me. RIP list. Unspeakable act of brutality aside, The Cardigans are fine.

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I mean... I still like Lovefool. And the Ironman cover is interesting. But nothing on the rest of this grabbed me.

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Ihan hyvä levy, melkeen kolmonen

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The cardigan was named after James Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan, a British Army major general who led the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War. A cardigan is supposed to be cozy and soft. But the Cardigans are like that sweater that you wished you like more, but there’s just something… scratchy? Musty? It’s just not right. It’s Nina Persson’s voice mostly. I just don’t like it. It’s not just that it’s too high and babyish or twee or something. I like Diet Cig, who’s singer has the same kinda thing going on. I mean, it’s really just “Lovefool” though - I can’t stand that song. The rest isn’t so objectionable. The flute solo on “Your New Cuckoo” deserves mention. "Been It" has a weirdly deep and crunchy guitar riff that stands in interesting contrast to their style. And the percussion on “Heartbreaker” is almost special. But the highlight was seeing the song title “Iron Man” pop up and pre-writing in my head about how much I wished it would kick in with “I… AM… IRON MAN!” knowing that it wouldn’t happen. And then it happened! These silly Swedes actually covered Sabbath two songs after “Lovefool!”

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High 2 star. Lovefool is a great song but I find it all sounds the same.

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Lovefool is a bop, it permeates 90's radio playlists, but that isn't enough of a reason to say that the whole album merits a spot on this list. And I agree with everyone else saying this is one of the shittiest album covers of all time. I would never look at this and equate it with the syrupy pixie pop that comes out of it.

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As a whole, this album wasn't bad, but pretty boring and uninteresting. Wasn't a big fan of Lovefool actually and was disappointed as it's their hit, but did like a couple of songs like Happy Meal and Your New Cuckoo. Their Iron Man cover wasn't great, but it was at least unique and took me half way though to recognise so props for that.

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I song carrying a boring lot of other songs. 2

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Is this the same woman from Frente!? Two Swedish bands in a row? I'm afraid that this algorithm has the Covid virus. It's a bit uneven. I'm still mad at getting two Swedish bands in a row.

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One really well known song. There is a weird Iron Man cover. I don't mind the Cardigans but after listening to an entire album, I was glad it ended.

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Started pretty good, some nice tunes and basslines. Too similar by the end. Lovefool is a classic

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Fine. Not the best album. Only worth listening to for the one song.

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From the beginning of the album, I was waiting for the one-hit wonder. I didn't know what it was, but every song sounded so generic that I knew there must be one. Lovefool was it. Nostalgia makes that song enjoyable, but the rest was only tolerable. Iron Man was kind of weirdly fun.

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Not a bad album, just not my style at all.

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Lovefool was the only song I recognized.

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Eh. Not horrible, but not my thing. The cover of Iron Man was very unnecessary.

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Lovefool rocks

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Genre: Indie Pop 2/5 Really wasn't quite sure what to expect here. The Cardigans did not make it out of the decade, except for the mega-hit, Lovefool. Upon listening, I was left uninterested, upset, and utterly baffled at how these guys are the ones responsible for said mega-hit, which is honestly one of my favorite songs from the 90s and one of the most infectious and groovy songs from that era. The singing on this is generally good, but the arrangements are not good, guitars meander through their solo sections with complete uninterest, and everything around Lovefool feels like a waste of time. If it were the other 10 songs on this album only, there would be no purpose for this album to be on any other list other than forgettable 90s albums, which it already should be on. 2 out of 5, but only because Lovefool is that fucking good.

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This album is fine. Quite why it is in the list of 1001 greatest albums, I don't know.

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I know Lovefool, the rest were new. Maybe too soon to judge. There were a few songs I liked but others I would never want to hear again. Songs I enjoyed the most: Heartbreaker, Lovefool, Great Divide, Choke Iron man. Ok, that was interesting. Good? I don't know if I'd go that far. Definitely different than the original! 2/5

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I can't quite put my finger on why but I really didn't enjoy this.

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I was eating a lovely apple crumble for pudding at my parents' house whilst listening to this. I got so angry at what I was hearing, that I spilt it all down my brand new cardigan. It was hard to tell what was apple crumble and cream and what was the entire Chelsea first team and backroom staff's jizz.

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Bit more interesting and contemplative than Lovefool would have you believe. But not loads.

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If only all modern pop was more like this.

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This album is a good illustration of what the 90s considered catchy pop. But compared with the decade that directly preceded the 90s, this kind of pop music feels somewhat flat and uninspired, monotonous and boring even. The most well known (and best) song here is Lovefool, and Iron Man - a Black Sabbath cover, no less - works surprisingly well, but the remaining songs just fall flat. 2/5

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It’s just OK.

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Wreszcie jakis reality check, ze jednak jest to lista mocno popowa, bo po ostatnich pikach wydawala sie zbyt spersonalizowana pod moje gusta, wiec obudziny zostalem pierwsza szwedzka banda, o dziwo to nie ABBA, ale the cardigans, jak to bywa z tak niszowymi zespolami ktore swoj sukces zrobily na popularnej muzyce lat 90, czyli rokowaniu dla szerokiego grona sluchaczy, wiec typowy pop, spiewany jak przystalo na szwedzka bande po anglinsku, bo popularnosc zyskali glownie za wielka woda, czyli hameryka i o dziwo w japonii, gdzie podwojna platyne plyta wyrobila, troche rozumiem dlaczego, plastikowosc i mialkosc tego albumu przypominaja troche japonski city pop lat 80tych, na wokalu zenski pierwiastek bandy, czyli pani nina persson, traki pisane w duecie wokalistka i gitarka prowadzaca svenssona, o ktorej za duzo dobrego nie moge powiedziec. jak o reszcie granej tutaj muzyki, do drugiej strony sadzilem, ze to pierwszy raz gdy slysze ich muzyke, a potem pojawil sie on, lovefool, czyli koncentrat popowosci tego krazka zamkniety 3 minutowym 21 sekundowym traku, ktory zrzuca okowy rokowej otoczki na rzecz prawdziwie popowo diskowego brzmienia, musialo mi sie to obic o uszy za dzieciaka w radioodbiorniku lub w jakiejs kiczowatej komedii romantycznej, idealnie tam pasujac, plyta zawiera takze gwalt na czornym sabacie i ich iron manie, ktory zostal tutaj poskromiony i zapakowany w sluchable szaty, cale szczescie, ze plyta nie jest zbyt dluga, bo ponad 40 minutowej dawki popowania szwedzkiego raczej bym nie wytrzymal, zastanawiajac sie nad trakiem ktory moglbym dodac na plejke, zeby jakis slad pozostal po tym piku, to chyba najlepszym lub mniej najgorszym kandydatem wydaje sie byc drugi numer krazka, czyli been it, opowiadajacy historie milosci, jak wiekszosc trakow, wiec czym to nie byla pani nina w tym zwiazku matkomlojcem, dziwkom, szoferkom, jest to takze kawalek na ktorym drumsy robia robote, jesli chodzi o czesc instrumentalna, bo niestety gitarka nie ma dobrego traka na tej plycie, moze koles byl lepszym teksciarzem niz grajkiem, skoro tak popularne traki udalo mu sie tworzyc, nie rozumiem nazwy bandy, ani okladki ktora przedstawia scene z koncertu, ale czy to jest nawet ta banda, nie mam pojecia i tak jak w nazwe wnikac nie bede, bo jednak nie zainteresowala mnie strona muzyczna wystarczajaco mocno

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Un disco poppy aburridillo. Me sorprendió el homenaje a Black Sabbath, pero para mal.

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Wholly unremarkable. Can't imagine a time when this is what I'd want to listen to

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Didn’t like

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Chiant mais lovefool sympa

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Not for me. Lovefool is decent I guess.

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Boring.

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Insipid

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No

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

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Twee beyond twee. Each song seems to include a break down ending over spaghetti mixed guitars, pretending punk chaos after frankophile bile. The teo highlights are the bizarre malicious cover of Black Sabaths Iron man and that the album mercifully is only 39 minutes long.

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Weird, unique sound but songs quickly got fluid in that they sounded like one another. I think the album could be in any order and would still work

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Dump

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Ergh. Ergh, all a bit repetitive. Ergh, all a bit repetitive. Lovefool - rejoice! Ergh, all a bit repetitive. Fuck me this is terrible. Really annoying.

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90’s pop album Typical Not exciting 5/10

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