Super Extra Gravity - The Cardigans
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  • Summary: The veteran Swedish band's sixth studio album was finally released in the U.S. in September 2006, nearly one year after it first surfaced in Europe.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
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  1. Rough and refined, and nearly fourteen years into their career, The Cardigans have produced one of the finest albums of the year. [#15]
  2. 80
    It does all go a bit Sheryl Crow occasionally... but the darker clouds remain. [Oct 2006, p.117]
  3. Super Extra Gravity is too deft to be too dark, though-- there's joy in its catharsis.
  4. 64
    This is the musical equivalent of a Volvo wagon. [#22, p.102]
  5. 60
    An uneven and slightly uneasy listen. [Nov 2005, p.112]
  6. Not quite as beautifully forlorn as 2003's Long Gone Before Daylight. [Nov 2005, p.123]
  7. 40
    With her bandmates providing roughed-up backing that's neither appropriate nor compelling, Persson comes off like a stylish girl with unnecessarily ratty hair. [Nov 2006, p.97]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
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  1. DSBac
    Dec 14, 2006
    10
    Not as good as Life or LGBD, but certainly far better than just about anything else around these days.
  2. DardoS
    Nov 14, 2006
    10
    Their best album? Pretty hard to afirm that. But it's undeniable that Gravity has a bunch of amazing songs.
  3. DericC
    Oct 28, 2006
    10
    One of their best albums, IMO. Very depressing, but ultimately beautiful. Nina's voice is as excellent and unique as ever. I Need Some One of their best albums, IMO. Very depressing, but ultimately beautiful. Nina's voice is as excellent and unique as ever. I Need Some Fine Wine is insanely amazing, Overload is so great, And Then You Kissed Me II is so terribly miserable but still stunning, it's all good. Expand
  4. NathanL
    Dec 5, 2006
    10
    A stunning return to form. I'd given up after LGBD, even though it was a fine record, it just found the band moving in a direction that A stunning return to form. I'd given up after LGBD, even though it was a fine record, it just found the band moving in a direction that I didn't want to follow, not after the string of classics that preceded it. It was an easy LP to admire, but a hard one to actually listen to. What's so amazing about SEG is how much they've retained the spirit of LGBD, but they've remembered to let Torr Johnson in on the fun this time. Once again, the Cardigans are freaking out in the studio, after the one note mopefest that was LGBD, it's really really nice to hear those bouncy swedish basslines married to staccato drumming all drenched in reverbed guitar. No one records pop music quite like the Cardigans. Sure, the caridigans are the only bad I can think of that have stripped down and simplified thier sound as they mature, and this record, however strong, is simply no match for Life or FBOTM. it seems the band is shaking off the cobwebs and finding a way to stay relevant. I'll miss the sabbath covers, sure, but, if this LP is any indication, they just again became essential. Expand
  5. markl
    Nov 6, 2006
    9
    The best new Cd I've heard all year. If "Gran Turismo" was their trip hop Cd and "Long Gone Before Daylight" was their new country Cd The best new Cd I've heard all year. If "Gran Turismo" was their trip hop Cd and "Long Gone Before Daylight" was their new country Cd then this is them proving that when all the BS is removed, the Cardigans are a very good rock and roll band. Wonderfully consistent, beautifully evocative. Expand
  6. Jan 1, 2013
    9
    This is a 9.5 album to me. It's pretty obvious to understand which direction the band picked since the first track. The album features reallyThis is a 9.5 album to me. It's pretty obvious to understand which direction the band picked since the first track. The album features really consistent songs and it's really pleasantful to listen to, especially in its entirety. Expand
  7. DavidP.
    Oct 30, 2006
    8
    FYI there is a 7.5 on Pitchfork for this.

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