The song bears the title of the album, Animal Heart, which is set for a UK release in February. The video is pretty cool too, a one-shot effort following Nina as she takes a standard stroll to the corner shop for a carton of milk before sitting on the steps at the end, beckoning you into her New York apartment as she sings: “Come be my man, babe hang on to me. Come be my man, baby bail with me.”
Any time, Nina. Any time.
Persson hasn’t disappointed with this pop-infused ballad. It features all the hallmarks of what made The Cardigans so great – essentially, her superb voice and a set of great lyrics that keep you hooked from start to finish. That vibrato is so distinctive, and her effortless delivery continues to amaze me. Remember My Favourite Game? Such a brilliant song, and made all the better by the way she nonchalantly yet perfectly sang her way through a pretty dark collection of lyrics. Genius, some might call it. I wouldn’t disagree.
The Swedish star remains an icon of the music industry, and she’ll turn 40 in September, 2014. A massive success for the first record bearing her name alone would certainly be a fitting birthday present.