Gran Turismo is the fourth studio album by Swedish band The Cardigans, released internationally on 1 October 1998 and in November 1998 in the United States. It features a darker and more moody type of music, mixing with more electronic sounds.
In an interview in 2009, producer and sound engineer Tore Johansson commented on the dark sound of the record, which sets it apart from the warm, jammy feel of many other recordings made at Tambourine Studios: "It's a very cold and defined recording, no natural reverb or audio curtains: there's not a sound element on that disc which wasn't deliberately put there."
The album and band were nominated for a total of seven awards at the 1999 Grammis—the Swedish equivalent of the Grammy Awards.Gran Turismo sold more than 3 million copies worldwide.
The album's name is explained by the band on an advanced copy of this CD's track number 15 Explain The Title Of The Album ' Gran Turismo': "The title can be interpreted in many ways but I think we only thought of a few ones we liked" Nina says, "we talked about having like Italian or French title and Gran Turismo came up and it sort of felt really good and you know I can think of music sometimes as tourism and traveling. So to me Gran Turismo is sort of the way to describe music sometimes or spending time with music" Peter says, "and I think that also the title suits this very album extremely well because the album is pretty much about trying to find your place in the world. I think sometimes you can always compare living to being a tourist in the world" Nina finishes.
The album is possibly named after the racing video game series Gran Turismo; for which the song, My Favourite Game plays during the opening video of the Arcade disc of the racing game Gran Turismo 2. In the European version, the song was a remix. The song was also used as the song for Formula One's musical highlights at the end of the 1998 season on ITV.
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