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First Band on the Moon

The Cardigans - First Band on the Moon
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
1996 Ratings: #16 / 59
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Based on 16 ratings
September 17, 1996 / Release Date
LP / Format
Stockholm / Label
Indie Pop, Pop Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic

First Band on the Moon is saved by the Cardigans' core strengths: Persson's vocals and Svensson's arrangements.

81
Pitchfork

Rather than being cloyingly sweet, which is a clear risk, it manages to introduce just enough of the dark side to keep it interesting. 

80
NME

Here ... are The Cardigans in all their Ozzy-worshipping, ex-boyfriend-abusing, ambient cocktail jazz-embracing glory.

80
Rolling Stone
The music remains cotton-candy sweet, but vocalist Nina Persson and guitarist Peter Svensson temper the giddiness with strikingly downbeat songwriting
70
Spin

First Band on the Moon isn't quite as tuneful as Life, but if tune-an-Sich were a viable commodity anymore we wouldn't have lounge-rock in the first place.

92
listen. i don't listen to much of the cardigans aside from this album, but this album is pure gold. it's so dreamy, but also incorporates elements of rock and pop that you wouldn't expect. i could listen to it over and over and never get tired of it. each song is its own entity, but they tie together so well. clearly lots of thought was put into this album.
tha138
69
Obviously, they sat down and decided to sacrifice part of their freshness for a straight, pop-rock sound in order to be the first band on the moon.
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