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  • Summary: This is the fifth album (and first in six years) for the Swedish outfit led by vocalist/lyricist Nina Persson and guitarist Peter Svensson.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
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  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. 80
    The new Cardigans still write great pop songs, except now the music resonates with substance and meaning. [#7, p.72]
  3. 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.
  4. 60
    Persson does sadness the way Eminem does anger: with a conviction that takes the breath away.
  5. Daylight's rich, delicate instrumental work demands attention. [24 Jun 2004, p.174]
  6. [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.
  7. Music is supposed to be a form of entertainment, but ‘Long Gone Before Daylight’ feels like a collection of aimless lullabies.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. MNguyen
    Sep 9, 2004
    10
    If you're already a fan, give it a listen and don't listen to all these crappy critical reviews. It's a beautiful album.
  2. JimW
    Jul 9, 2004
    10
    Top 10 release of the year - give it a few listens
  3. JeebsV
    Jan 11, 2007
    10
    A more mature yet great cardigans album
  4. JScott
    Dec 14, 2004
    10
    Perfect. Brilliant. Best album of the year, hands down.
  5. marios
    Apr 11, 2005
    10
    the cardigans es lo mejor!!
  6. 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 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 Expand
  7. tarnn
    Jun 30, 2004
    9
    Good.

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