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The Cardigans, ‘Super Extra Gravity’ (Nettwerk)

Since the early ’90s, the music of this Swedish band has been variously tight, concise, loose, and floppy; once they even recorded with Tom Jones. Here, they go for stripped-down indie-toned guitar, rather than glistening sonic sheen. Nina Persson sings intriguing songs — the dramatic ballad “Don’t Blame Your Daughter (Diamonds),” the swoopy “Holy Love.” But with her bandmates providing roughed-up backing that’s neither appropriate nor compelling, Persson comes off like a stylish girl with unnecessarily ratty hair.

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