Nicholas Fonseca
May 28, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Long Gone Before Daylight

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Koch

We gave it a B+

When did the Cardigans become the saddest band in the world? The latest from the Swedish quintet, which hasn’t released a Stateside CD since 1998’s electro-romp ”Gran Turismo,” is morose (”And Then You Kissed Me” is a tale of spousal abuse) and country-flecked. But Nina Persson’s tender voice, coupled with the Cardigans’ welcome desire to explore new musical territory, allows this once-fizzy group to pull off a sultry coup.

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