With tongue firmly in cheek, the Cardigans
decided to play up the candyfloss arrangements of their debut for second album Life
. Where Emmerdale
studied an introverted melancholy, Life
is undiminished in both its independent-minded exuberance ("Hey! Get Out of My Way") and zest to enjoy life with others ("Daddy's Car," "Gordon's Gardenparty"). The incredible production and quality of arrangement from the debut are here also, even more strikingly crisp and spot-on. (Over 50 instruments were used on the 14 songs included on the Minty Fresh American release.) Though the Cardigans
as something of a joke, it became one of the finest pop albums of the '90s.