With "Love Fool," the Cardigans
catapulted from a cult favorite to an international phenomenon. Instead of being happy with their success, they fretted about their artistic credibility, concerned that they were seen as merely a light pop band instead of an ironic pop band. This usually results in a self-conscious departure from form -- and that is exactly what Gran Turismo
, the follow-up to First Band on the Moon
, is. There are still elements of the Cardigans
' melodic style, but they have trimmed away their sense of humor and style, adding vague electronica experiments and mildly distorted guitars in their wake.