Album review

The Cardigans - Long Gone Before Daylight

Having ditched their sweetness, The Cardigans hit pay dirt but lost their effervescent magic in the process. This, their fifth album, is even more blow-dried than 1998's Gran Turismo. "Communication" and "Feathers And Down", for instance, are as anodyne as The Corrs. Nina Persson writes exquisitely lovelorn lyrics, and "You're The Storm" has a yearning majesty, but this is the sound of dashboard-tapping, local radio MOR. It'll probably be huge.

Rating: 2 / 10


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The 46th (And Last) Playlist Of 2014


Sorry I didn't manage to post a playlist last week; a combination of germs, deadlines and various other professional/seasonal distractions meant that I ran out of time.

Here, though, is our last office list of 2014, with lots of strong new entries. A few highlights...