Long Gone Before Daylight

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Long Gone Before Daylight
Studio album by The Cardigans
Released 19 March 2003
Recorded 2002
Genre Pop rock
Length 49:16
Label Stockholm Records
Producer Per Sunding and The Cardigans. Originally co-produced by Tore Johansson
The Cardigans chronology
Gran Turismo
Long Gone Before Daylight
Super Extra Gravity
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (65/100) [1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [2]
Drowned in Sound (4/10) [3]
Entertainment Weekly B+ [4]
The Guardian 4/5 stars [5]
NME (8/10) [6]
Pitchfork Media (6.5/10) [7]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention) [8]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [9]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars [10]
Tiny Mix Tapes 2/5 stars [11]
Uncut 2/5 stars [12]
Yahoo! Music UK 4/10 stars [13]

Long Gone Before Daylight is the fifth studio album by The Cardigans. After a long hiatus from their last album in 1998 (with members of the band experimenting with other projects) it was finally released in Japan on 19 March 2003 and in Europe on 24 March 2003. Later it was also released in Canada (22 April 2003) and North America (25 May 2004).

The album differs from the band's earlier works. Their familiar "happy" pop sound takes on a change to pop songs with more of an American country music influence. It is relatively a much darker album than their previous works, and more quiet than the noisier Gran Turismo. Even lead singer Nina Persson dyed her once light blonde hair to jet black, reflecting the band's change of mood.[9]

Criticism was generally mixed to positive. Some found the change of direction welcome, and felt the band had matured, making songs that were even better than other experienced country-pop styled artists. Others missed the old pop sound, and accused the band of possibly being ashamed of their former "happy" pop sound.

The first single of the album, "For What It's Worth", was released on 17 February 2003. The second single "You're the Storm" was released on 2 June 2003. The third and final single "Live and Learn" was released on 3 December 2003.

"Communication" was later covered as "詞不達意" by Hong Kong Cantopop singer Sandy Lam in her 2006 album Breathe Me.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Nina Persson and music by Peter Svensson except where noted.

  1. "Communication" – 4:28
  2. "You're the Storm" – 3:53
  3. "A Good Horse" – 3:17
  4. "And Then You Kissed Me" – 6:03
  5. "Couldn't Care Less" – 5:32
  6. "Please Sister" – 4:37
  7. "For What It's Worth" – 4:16
  8. "Lead Me into the Night" – 4:32
  9. "Live and Learn" – 4:16
  10. "Feathers and Down" – 4:30
  11. "03.45: No Sleep" – 3:45

Japanese and Canadian editions bonus track[edit]

  1. "If There Is a Chance" – 4:14

UK edition bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Hold Me" (mini version) – 0:33
  2. "If There Is a Chance" – 4:14

U.S. edition bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Hold Me" (mini version) – 0:33
  2. "If There Is a Chance" – 4:14
  3. "For the Boys" (Music: Svensson Lyrics: Persson, Larson) – 3:37

The U.S. edition also features a bonus DVD, Up Before Dawn, featuring the music videos for "For What It's Worth", "You're the Storm" and "Live and Learn", live video recordings of three songs as well as a 20 minute interview with the band.

Artwork for all singles and album by Åbäke


Charts, awards and certifications[edit]


  • Swedish Top 100 Album: #1
  • Swedish Top 100 Albums 2004 Year-end Chart: #4
  • UK Top 200 Albums: #47
  • Swedish Grammy Awards 2003: Album of the Year and Rock-group of the Year.
  • Certification in Sweden: 2x Platinum


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