Gran Turismo

The Cardigans - Gran Turismo
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
1998 Ratings: #84 / 107
User Score
Based on 70 ratings
1998 Ratings: #216
Liked by 10 people
October 1, 1998 / Release Date
LP / Format
Stockholm / Label
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Moving away from the groovy lounge sound, The Cardigans moved straight into the 1990s trope of trip-pop infused bops. Sometimes Nina Persson's voice fits the mood perfectly, like on the fantastic single, 'Erase/Rewind.' The chorus has the classic hook of an early Cardigans' song but manages to add massive beats to round out the sound in a new way. The darker tone actually fits their music quite well, but Gran Turismo feels like a band following trends than pushing them further. Part of me feels ... read more


Gran Turismo marks a drastic change for The Cardigans, both in terms of sound and in lyrical content. Adding electronic influences and sounding like a Swedish copy of Garbage, the former jazzy pop-rock band has suddenly turned into a dark and brooding alternative act. Lyrically, Gran Turismo is easily the darkest and most depressing album the band has produced so far. And despite the heavy use of electronic sounds, hard-hitting percussion, and low notes their music still sounds catchy and ... read more


Paralyzed ~ ★★☆☆☆
Erase / Rewind ~ ★★☆☆☆
Explode ~ ★★☆☆☆
Starter ~ ★★☆☆☆
Hanging Around ~ ★★★★☆
Higher ~ ★★☆☆☆
Marvel Hill ~ ★★☆☆☆
My Favourite Game ~ ★★★★★
Do You Believe ~ ★★☆☆☆
Junk of the Hearts ~ ★★☆☆☆
Nil ~ ★★☆☆☆

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Track List

  1. Paralyzed
  2. Erase / Rewind
  3. Explode
  4. Starter
  5. Hanging Around
  6. Higher
  7. Marvel Hill
  8. My Favourite Game
  9. Do You Believe
  10. Junk of the Hearts
  11. Nil
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Added on: October 7, 2015