Forthcoming album, The First Band on the Moon, is a corker. Especially as all is not as fluffy and lightweight in the world of The Cardigans as it may initially seem. "I've been your sister, I've been you mistress, maybe I was your whore, you can't ask me for more," Nina purrs with sweet poison in "Been It". They've laid on a litany of sad love songs, but only ones with medicinal powers to actually pick you up rather than drown you in melancholy. It's a tough trick - maybe they have a secret weapon back in the socialist Eden that is Sweden. Whatever, the bill for V96 is mostly good, what with Orbital, Tricky, Paul Weller and The Lightning Seeds indicating the variety of thrills on the bill. Thing is, will we have any energy left next week for the last live binge of the summer, the Reading Festival?
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