A Camp 

It's hard not to greet the news of a new Nina Persson release with hopes that it'll sound exactly like the classic Cardigans album First Band on the Moon. Persson's campy Swedish band took a turn for the morose with the release of 1998's Gran Turismo, and subsequent efforts have been solid but nowhere near as fun as the early days. Now that Persson has settled into a role that's more Stevie Nicks than ABBA, the chanteuse appears most at ease singing the swooning ballads of A Camp — a collaboration with her husband, Nathan Larson, the former guitarist for Shudder to Think. The group's cosmopolitan cocktail of David Bowie and Dusty Springfield is far removed from the Persson that MTV audiences became acquainted with in the mid-'90s. But if Swedish pop stars can age with grace, why can't we?

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