Gran Turismo (album)

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Gran Turismo
CardigansGranTurismo.jpg
Studio album by The Cardigans
Released 1 October 1998
Recorded 1998
Genre Alternative rock, electronic rock, ambient rock
Length 42:36
Label Stockholm Records
Producer Tore Johansson
The Cardigans chronology
First Band on the Moon
(1996)First Band on the Moon1996
Gran Turismo
(1998)
Long Gone Before Daylight
(2003)Long Gone Before Daylight2003
Singles from Gran Turismo
  1. "My Favourite Game"
    Released: 5 October 1998
  2. "Erase/Rewind"
    Released: 15 March 1999
  3. "Hanging Around"
    Released: 12 July 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars link
Entertainment Weekly B+ link
The Hofstra Chronicle (Highly favourable) link
NME 6/10 stars link
Pitchfork Media 7/10 stars link
PopMatters (Favourable) link
Q 4/5 stars link
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention) link
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars link

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.[1] Gran Turismo sold more than 3 million copies worldwide.[2]

Background[edit]

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.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Paralyzed" (Nina Persson, Peter Svensson) – 4:54
  2. "Erase/Rewind" (Persson, Svensson) – 3:35
  3. "Explode" (Persson, Svensson) – 4:04
  4. "Starter" (Persson, Svensson) – 3:49
  5. "Hanging Around" (Persson, Svensson) – 3:40
  6. "Higher" (Persson, Svensson) – 4:32
  7. "Marvel Hill" (Persson, Magnus Sveningsson, Svensson) – 4:16
  8. "My Favourite Game" (Persson, Svensson) – 3:36
  9. "Do You Believe" (Persson, Svensson) – 3:19
  10. "Junk of the Hearts" (Persson, Sveningsson, Svensson) – 4:07
  11. "Nil" (Lars-Olof Johansson) – 2:18

Personnel[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • My Favourite Game (10 October 1998, #14 UK)
  • Erase/Rewind (28 February 1999, #7 UK)
  • Hanging Around (17 July 1999, #17 UK)
  • Gran Turismo Overdrive EP (The Cardigans remixed by Nåid) (19 November 1999, released outside the UK)

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[27] Platinum 50,000^
France (SNEP)[28] Gold 100,000*
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[1] Gold 7,500*
Japan (RIAJ)[29] Gold 100,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[30] Gold 50,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[31] Platinum 50,000*
Sweden (GLF)[32] 2× Platinum 160,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[33] Platinum 300,000^
Summaries
Worldwide 3,000,000[2]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Covers and appearances in other media[edit]

Alternative metal band Deftones recorded a version of the song Do You Believe as an extra track for their 2010 album Diamond Eyes.

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.

Erase/Rewind is featured on the soundtrack in several films, including The Thirteenth Floor, Never Been Kissed and Gattaca.

References[edit]

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  14. ^ "Hits Of The World - Gran Turismo - Japan". Billboard. 110 (43): 60. 28 October 1998. ISSN 0006-2510. 
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  27. ^ "Cardigans Platinumskiva för 50000 sålda skivor av 'Gran Turismo' 1998". Lauritz.com (in Swedish). Retrieved March 17, 2013. 
  28. ^ "French album certifications – The Cardigans – Gran Turismo" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  29. ^ "有料音楽配信認定" [Recording Industry Association of Japan - Statistics - Certified Awards]. 日本レコード協会 (in Japanese). Retrieved 7 June 2017.  Note: User must enter "カーディガンズ" ("The Cardigans") in "アーティスト" ("Artist") field.
  30. ^ "Dutch album certifications – The Cardigans – Gran Turismo" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. 
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  33. ^ "British album certifications – The Cardigans – Gran Turismo". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Gran Turismo in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search

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