Fighting through the crowds back to the Main Stage, breakfast was
beginning to wear off and hobba-hunger was setting in. But, there
would be no time to eat for a little while, at least until the Buzz
Stage was done. This time I make my way for The Cardigans set and
kinda wished I had stayed for the end of Republica.
Now, I had read a review of The Cardigans and it basically
mentioned that their radio hit "Lovefool" really didn't
reflect the band. That review was dead on. As The Cardigans started
their less than memorable performance I found a band that would be
better in a nice little jazz club rather than on the big stage. Nina
was singing sweetly, the band was filling in nicely, but most of the
crowd seemed less than impressed, politely nice, but seemed more
interested in having a conversation than be inspired by Ms. Persson.
Now, don't get me wrong, The Cardigans weren't bad, but they just
don't have the stage presence to take a couple of ten thousand
people and make them feel like their in a living room.
The jazz and
light-pop sounds they threw out in their music really couldn't get
the crowd excited, until they hit "Lovefool," but by then
my image was already set and it's a SHRUG for The Cardigans. I would
love to see them in a small club, where you could see Nina smile and
convey the feeling in the music to the patrons, but on the big stage
it just all got lost.