Where To Start With... Nina Persson
She fronted The Cardigans for over 20 years, selling over 15 millions in the process, but, after talking about it, numerous time, Nina Persson is finally getting around to putting out her debut album solo album Animal Heart, which comes out on Monday. Need a quick catch-up to her career so far? Here's a five-song guide…
The Cardigan's follow-up to their hugely successful Gran Turismo album had lots of people flummoxed. Long Gone Before Daylight was very dark, very folky and quite weird in parts, with the pop rock of Gran Turismo feeling a million miles away.
Saying all this, the album is hard, but rewarding work and will stay with you for a long time. It's perhaps best summed up by this song, which feels a beacon in the darkness with its hopeful chorus and stirring melody.
As well as lending her voice to dark, brooding folk, Persson can do light-touch, glossy, bubblegum pop just as well. Taken from their otherwise quite dark album First Band On The Moon, 'Lovefool' went on to be a huge hit, especially after it was used as the centrepiece of the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's Romeo & Juliet.
Taken from the collaboration between producer Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse (sadly their last release after the death of Mark Linkous), this weirdly jaunty duet between Persson and Linkous is a true gem, a kind of off-country waltz in tempo, it's got an addictive melody and shows another side to her remarkable voice.
The second duet in our rundown remains one of the Manic Street Preachers' most beloved hits. Persson and James Dean Bradfield's voices blend perfectly together in this power-pop anthem and with its great shout-along chorus. She made the Manics sound more alive than they had in years.
One of the best pop songs of the last 20 years. Built around a nagging guitar riff that's as catchy as the chorus itself, this is The Cardigans' masterpiece. You might have heard it already, but if you haven't, you're in for such a treat…
Nina Persson's Animal Heart is released on Monday (February 10).