FFWDing to the Best Part: “Lovefool,” The Cardigans (1996)

Over on the Book of Face, my “I Wanna Be Sedated” post — which mentioned Jordan Catalano (dreamy!) got folks to talking about Clare Danes’ abilities as a thespian, and how they were notsomuch on display in Romeo + Juliet. Which prompted a mention of the soundtrack.  Which got me thinking about this little ditty.

(You’ll find that: many songs I write about here are from the 1991 – 2001 period, when I had less access to music, but somehow more time to listen to it.  I was a college DJ from 1992 – 1996, but that’s an anecdote for another time.)

Anyway, the best part of this song is not, in fact, that the band’s name is “The Cardigans,” although that’s pretty fantastic. Lead singer Nina Persson is so wee and adorable, you just want to daydream about a fashion show where she models 37 different Fred Rogers sweaters.

Best part? 2:44. Prior to this moment, the closing lyric of the chorus … “I can’t care ’bout anything but you …” resolves into a minor key.  This final time, it settles into a major chord progression.  The drums and guitars get slightly boppier. There’s an element of lightness and hope.  But then, just like that (at 3:12), we’re back to the final, haunting note. Turns out, the listener has been love-fooled, indeed.  It’s a wild, fun ride.



2 thoughts on “FFWDing to the Best Part: “Lovefool,” The Cardigans (1996)

  1. Lots of textures here, from the Morse Code keyboard to the slinky Blondie guitar tones to the intermittent buzzing guitar line (under “so I cry…” for instance). Between The Cardigans and Ace of Base, in the mid 90s we wondered if we were headed into another golden age of bright blonde Scandinavian pop, but it was not to be, unless you count the way Max Martin wrote every single number one song of the last fifteen years. Kidding, slightly.

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