Hear This: After “Lovefool,” The Cardigans broke up with the one-hit-wonder sound

In Hear This, The A.V. Club writers sing the praises of songs they know well. This week, inspired by the new Porches album Pool: Songs from albums that marked a sharp left turn in an artist’s career.

The Cardigans, “I Need Some Fine Wine And You, You Need To Be Nicer” (2005)

Becoming a one-hit wonder grants you the latitude to take whatever artistic path looks most attractive without consequence. It’s reasonable to spend the post-hit years replicating the same formula in the hopes of catching another bolt of lightning in the same bottle. It’s equally reasonable to develop a toxic relationship with the hit and devote years to erasing it from the public consciousness. Megastars catch flak whether they stay the same or try different directions, and even obscure no-hit wonders with small but passionate audiences are shackled to expectations. A one-hit wonder is only …

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