Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Persson, the finest pop lyricist working today, is on peak form while the band's back-to-roots grand piano and grander acoustic guitars provide an appropriately magnificent backing.
  2. Persson's tender voice, coupled with the Cardigans' welcome desire to explore new musical territory, allows this once-fizzy group to pull off a sultry coup. [28 May 2004, p.124]
  3. The band's best album yet - which is to say that it contains considerably more than three good songs.
  4. 80
    Deep, mournful, impressive. [Apr 2004, p.99]
  5. The electronics of Gran Turismo has been supplanted by an organic sound with countryish overtones (see Live and Learn) that suits Persson's melancholy lyrics.
  6. A sensitive, fully mature contribution to the pop music lexicon, it proves that, like the rare child actor who actually works well into adulthood, The Cardigans have weathered a difficult transition.
  7. 80
    The new Cardigans still write great pop songs, except now the music resonates with substance and meaning. [#7, p.72]
  8. Their slickest and most formulaic pop constructions to date.
  9. 60
    Persson does sadness the way Eminem does anger: with a conviction that takes the breath away.
  10. Although this is certainly flawed, the Cardigans deserve kudos for recognising their faults, trying with all their might to rectify them. [Apr 2003, p.103]
  11. Daylight's rich, delicate instrumental work demands attention. [24 Jun 2004, p.174]
  12. Fans who enjoyed The Cardigans' evolution toward the challenging art-disco of Gran Turismo will likely be disappointed by Daylight, which at least superficially sounds like the kind of easygoing roots-lite better associated with Sheryl Crow or Bonnie Raitt.
  13. [It is] over-produced to within an inch of its artistic life, and lacks the quality songs and exquisite productions that the group had made a hallmark.
  14. Frequently, it sounds like the band have spent most of that time labouring to make their fifth album as monumental as possible. Where once they swung, however ironically, now they plod. Slowly. Ponderously. In expensive lead boots.
  15. 40
    This is the sound of dashboard-tapping, local radio MOR. [Apr 2004, p.108]
  16. Music is supposed to be a form of entertainment, but ‘Long Gone Before Daylight’ feels like a collection of aimless lullabies.
  17. The songs all sound pretty much the same; this could be Avril Lavigne, Sheryl Crow; hell, it could be Christian Contemporary.
User Score
9.4

Universal acclaim- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. JeebsV
    Jan 11, 2007
    10
    A more mature yet great cardigans album
  2. MarkC
    Oct 27, 2005
    10
    Probably there best album even better than Gran Turismo (and i thought that was a great album) I think they matured a bit with this one lovely melodies and lovely lyrics when you listen it really gets to you makes you think but not all songs are mellow there a some great upbeat guitars tracks included aswell. Definately Buy it. This is a band that is so underestimated by the media and radio stations its as if they have been cast a side. THE CARIDIGANS Probably the Best Thing to Come out of Sweden for Ages Full Review »
  3. marios
    Apr 11, 2005
    10
    the cardigans es lo mejor!!