Life (The Cardigans album)

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Life
The Cardigans- Life.jpg
Studio album by
Released1 March 1995
Recorded1994
GenrePop rock
Length45:22 (Original version)
47:04 (UK)
47:59 (US)
LabelStockholm Records
ProducerTore 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
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[3]
Entertainment WeeklyA[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[5]
Sunday News8/10[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]

All music composed by Peter Svensson, except "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" by Iommi, Butler, Ward, Osbourne

Swedish edition[edit]

  1. "Carnival" (Lyrics: Nina Persson, Svensson, Sveningsson) – 3:37
  2. "Gordon's Gardenparty" (Lyrics: Persson, Svensson) – 3:22
  3. "Daddy's Car" (Lyrics: Sveningsson, Bengt Lagerberg) – 3:35
  4. "Pikebubbles" (Lyrics: Sveningsson, Svensson) – 3:05
  5. "Tomorrow" (Lyrics: Sveningsson) – 3:05
  6. "Beautiful One" (Lyrics: Sveningsson) – 3:28
  7. "Travelling with Charley" (Lyrics: Sveningsson, Svensson) – 4:09
  8. "Fine" (Lyrics: Sveningsson) – 3:11
  9. "Sunday Circus Song" (Lyrics: Sveningsson, Svensson) – 3:56
  10. "Hey! Get Out of My Way" (Lyrics: Persson, Svensson) – 3:30
  11. "Closing Time" (Lyrics: Lars-Olof Johansson, Sveningsson, Svensson) – 10:22

UK, French, Canadian and Brazilian version[edit]

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

This version omits "Pikebubbles", "Sunday Circus Song" and "Closing Time", replacing them with "Sick & Tired", "Rise & Shine", "Celia Inside", "After All..." and "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" from Emmerdale. "Celia Inside" is a longer edit, and "Rise & Shine" is a new recording, 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. Additionally, "Hey! Get Out Of My Way" is single version.

US edition[edit]

  1. "Carnival" – 3:36
  2. "Daddy's Car" – 3:35
  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]

  • "Sick and Tired" (March 1995, #118 UK)
  • "Carnival" (10 June 1995, #72 UK)
  • "Sick and Tired" (re-release, 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]

Chart (1995–96)
  • Peak
  • position
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[8] 50
Icelandic Albums (Plötur og Diskar)[9] 1
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[10] 13
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[11] 20
UK Albums (OCC)[12] 51

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Japan (RIAJ)[13] 2× Platinum 500,000[14]
Sweden (GLF)[16] Platinum 191,000[15]
United Kingdom (BPI)[17] Gold 100,000^
Summaries
Worldwide 1,500,000[14]


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

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bush, John. "Life – The Cardigans". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  2. ^ Kot, Greg (6 June 1996). "The Cardigans: Life (Minty Fresh)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Omnibus Press. ISBN 9780857125958.
  4. ^ Smith, Ethan (23 February 1996). "Life". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  5. ^ Randall, Mac (2004). "The Cardigans". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 137–38. ISBN 9780743201698.
  6. ^ Phillips, Antony (25 February 1996). "Albums". Sunday News.
  7. ^ a b Originally performed by Black Sabbath
  8. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – The Cardigans – Life" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  9. ^ Island plötur og diskar (in Icelandic). Dagblaðið Vísir. 24 April 1996. p. 40. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  10. ^ カーディガンズのランキング [The Cardigans album sales ranking] (in Japanese). Oricon. Archived from the original on 12 January 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  11. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – The Cardigans – Emmerdale". Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  12. ^ "Cardigans | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  13. ^ "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.
  14. ^ a b Craig Rosen (21 September 1996). "Sweden's Cardigans Wrap Up U.S." Billboard. 108 (38): 9, 89. ISSN 0006-2510.
  15. ^ David Sinclair (23 December 1995). "Global Music Pulse | The Latest Music News From Around The Planet | APRIL". Billboard. 107 (50): 65. ISSN 0006-2510.
  16. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  17. ^ "British album certifications – The Cardigans – Life". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 3 March 2017. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Life in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.