Life (The Cardigans album)

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Life
Studio album by The Cardigans
Released March 1, 1995
Recorded 1994
Genre Pop rock
Length 45:22 (Original version),
47:04 (UK), 47:59 (US)
Label Stockholm Records
Producer Tore Johansson
The Cardigans chronology
Emmerdale
(1994)
Life
(1995)
First Band on the Moon
(1996)
Singles from Life
  1. "Carnival"
  2. "Hey! Get Out of My Way"
  3. "Rise and Shine"
  4. "Sick and Tired"
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
BBC Music (favourable)[2]
Entertainment Weekly A[3]
Robert Christgau (choice cut)[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[5]
Spin (favourable)[6]

Life is the second studio album of The Cardigans. It was released worldwide in 1995 and was an international success, especially in Japan, where it achieved platinum status. Outside of Sweden and Japan (where debut Emmerdale had been released in 1994), the album was released as their first album as a compilation of tracks from both Emmerdale and Life. It was released in the United States under the label Minty Fresh Records.

Track listing[edit]

Swedish edition[edit]

  1. "Carnival" – 3:37
  2. "Gordon's Gardenparty" – 3:22
  3. "Daddy's Car" – 3:35
  4. "Pikebubbles" – 3:05
  5. "Tomorrow" – 3:05
  6. "Beautiful One" – 3:28
  7. "Travelling with Charley" – 4:09
  8. "Fine" – 3:11
  9. "Sunday Circus Song" – 3:56
  10. "Hey! Get Out of My Way" – 3:32
  11. "Closing Time" – 10:22

UK, French, Canadian and Brazilian version[edit]

  1. "Carnival" (Music: Svensson Lyrics: Persson, Svensson, Sveningsson) – 3:37
  2. "Gordon's Gardenparty" (Music: Svensson Lyrics: Persson, Svensson) – 3:22
  3. "Daddy's Car" (Music: Svensson Lyrics: Sveningsson, Lagerberg) – 3:35
  4. "Sick and Tired" (Music: Svensson Lyrics: Sveningsson) – 3:24
  5. "Tomorrow" (Music: Svensson Lyrics: Sveningsson) – 3:05
  6. "Rise and Shine" (Music: Svensson Lyrics: Sveningsson) – 3:30
  7. "Beautiful One" (Music: Svensson Lyrics: Sveningsson) – 3:28
  8. "Travelling with Charley" (Music: Svensson Lyrics: Sveningsson, Svensson) – 4:09
  9. "Fine" (Music: Svensson Lyrics: Sveningsson) – 3:11
  10. "Celia Inside" (Music: Svensson Lyrics: Sveningsson) – 4:42
  11. "Hey! Get Out of My Way" (Music: Svensson Lyrics: Persson, Svensson) – 3:32
  12. "After All..." (Music: Svensson Lyrics: Sveningsson) – 2:57
  13. "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" (Music: Iommi, Butler, Ward, Osbourne Lyrics: Butler) – 4:32[7]

This version omits "Pikebubbles", "Sunday Circus Song" and "Closing Time", replacing them with "Sick and Tired", "Rise and Shine", "Celia Inside", "After All..." and "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" from Emmerdale. "Rise & Shine" and "Celia Inside" are new recordings, while the others are taken directly from the previous album. The omitted song "Pikebubbles" was released internationally as the B side to the 1995 "Rise & Shine" single.

US edition[edit]

  1. "Carnival" – 3:36
  2. "Daddy's Car" – 3:36
  3. "Fine" – 3:09
  4. "Rise and Shine" – 3:28
  5. "Our Space" – 3:29
  6. "Celia Inside" – 4:40
  7. "Over the Water" – 2:13
  8. "Tomorrow" – 3:03
  9. "Sick and Tired" – 3:23
  10. "Beautiful One" – 3:27
  11. "Gordon's Gardenparty" – 3:19
  12. "Hey! Get Out of My Way" – 3:30
  13. "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" – 4:30[7]
  14. "Happy Meal" – 2:36

This version omits "Pikebubbles", "Travelling with Charley", "Sunday Circus Song" and "Closing Time", replacing them with "Rise and Shine", "Our Space", "Celia Inside", "Over the Water", "Sick and Tired" and "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" from Emmerdale and exclusive US bonus track "Happy Meal". The four omitted tracks were included as a bonus disc with the US version of Emmerdale, released in 1997.

Personnel[edit]

Other appearances[edit]

Singles[edit]

Continental Europe/UK[edit]

  • "Carnival" (10 June 1995, #72 UK)
  • "Sick and Tired" (23 September 1995, #34 UK)
  • "Carnival" (re-release 25 November 1995, #35 UK)
  • "Rise and Shine" (10 February 1996, #29 UK)

Japan/Sweden[edit]

  • "Carnival"
  • "Hey! Get Out of My Way"
  • "Rise and Shine" (Japan only re-release)

Charts[edit]

Charts Peak
Japanese Albums Chart[8] 13
Swedish Albums Chart[9] 20
UK Albums Chart[10] 51

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ BBC Music review
  3. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  4. ^ Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  5. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. pp. 137–138. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  6. ^ Spin review
  7. ^ a b Originally performed by Black Sabbath
  8. ^ "Cardigans album sales ranking". Oricon. Retrieved June 22, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Sverigetopplistan". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  10. ^ "UK Albums Chart". www.chartstats.com. Retrieved 16 February 2012.