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May 25, 1997

The New World
Music Theatre

Tinley Park, IL

A Review and Photos by
The Dude on the Right
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 Persson

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.

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