Universal – 2005 - 48 minutes

Following up 2003's hauntingly beautiful and heartfelt 'Long Gone Before Daylight' was never going to be an easy task for The Cardigans but their sixth album, 'Super Extra Gravity', isn't far from rising to the challenge.

Kicking off with a message of bitterness, 'Losing a Friend' opens gently before building to a solid climax, followed by the happily blasphemous and rocking 'Godspell'.

The slow balladic 'And Then You Kissed Me II' is a sequel to the song of the same name on 'Long Gone Before Daylight' and revisits that song's sado-masochistic tendencies. The juxtaposition of Nina Persson's sweetly cooing voice singing lyrics like "Man, he left me blue/And if I could I would do it too" lends a decidedly eerie air to proceedings.

That's not the only unhealthy relationship explored on 'Super Extra Gravity'. Album single - and brilliantly titled - 'I Need Some Fine Wine and You, You Need to Be Nicer' is a cracking pop song that deals with a perverse couple. The upbeat rhythm of 'Good Morning Joan' hides some sinister lyrics while 'Don't Blame Your Daughter (Diamonds)' comes complete with rather ominous strings.

'Super Extra Gravity' reveals greater depths and more lyrical intensity with each listen. While not as immediate as 'Long Gone Before Daylight', this is an album that you'll come back to time and time again.

Caroline Hennessy

Tracklisting: Losing A Friend - Godspell - Drip Drop Teardrop - Overload - I Need Some Fine Wine And You, You Need To Be Nicer - Don't Blame Your Daughter (Diamonds) - Little Black Cloud - In The Round - Holy Love - Good Morning Joan - And Then You Kissed Me II - Bonus Tracks: Give Me Your Eyes - Slow