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Cardigans Lyrics

Cardigans - Biography

In the post-grunge, pre-electronica world of apathetic audiences,
flat sales, and No Big Thing, the pure pop of the Cardigans has hit
like a virus that circumvents all rational defenses and goes
straight for the central nervous system. The lighter-than-air
melodies and samba-inflected dance beats, combined with the
unflappable soprano of vocalist Nina Persson, deliver the punch of
some weird amalgam of Blondie and Burt Bacharach.
In Boston, where the Swedish quintet recently played two sold-out
shows at the 600-capacity Paradise with the local trio Papas Fritas,
the Cardigans' rise has been so meteoric, that they short-circuited
the usual radio market pattern, jumping from modern rock pioneers
WFNX 101.7 to top-40 WXKS (Kiss 108) faster than you could say ABBA.
After the indie debut American release Life (Minty Fresh), the major
label "First Band on the Moon," powered by the single
"Lovefool," is leapfrogging up the album charts. So much
for the mid-'90s distinction between "alternative" and
anything else.

At the Paradise, the band defied other expectations as well. Papas
Fritas (another Minty Fresh act) is a quirky guitar-bass-drums
outfit, well-suited to the club scene. But confections like the
Cardigans with their piping synth lines, girlish vocals, and
bric-a-brac of strings, horns and other sweeteners generally fall
flat live, like a souffle in a thunderstorm.

But the Cardigans, if anything, were stronger than on record.
Drummer Brengt Lagerburg's snare and cymbal patterns easily shifted
between rock shuffle and samba glide. Songwriter/guitarist Peter
Svensson and bassist Magnus Sveningsson drove big steamy riffs
through the bridge of the bittersweet breakup song "Been
It." Bassist Sveningsson, in particular, is a rhythm player
whose lines have a flowing melodic snap, perhaps nowhere more so
than on "Lovefool," where the economy and drive of his
dancing, repeated figures recalled the heyday of Motown genius James
Jamerson.

None of which is to underestimate dimpled, cat-eyed blonde beauty
Persson. On disc, her tone has the artificial purity and consistency
of a Nilla Wafer. Live, wearing a camouflage-pattern tank top and
leather pants, she gave the songs' arcing melodies a steely
presence. Delivering the line "Has he lost his mind, can he see
or is he blind?," she made the lead-off "Iron Man" as
delicate a lament as "Fool on the Hill." When you can
float Ozzy Osbourne in as rarefied an atmosphere as Lennon and
McCartney, your sense of pop has to be downright fearless.
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