The solo side project of Cardigans vocalist Nina Persson, the Swede first began work as A Camp in 2001 after the 3 million worldwide sales of her group's fourth album Gran Turismo. A Camp was a very different beast, permitting Persson to team up with Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous, to well, sparkling effects. Genuinely one of the finer records of the early part of the decade, it took a full eight years for a second A Camp record - the (for the most part) sans-Linkous and disappointing Colonia - to arrive.
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Colonia starts quite wonderfully. Eight years after her first sidestep outing as A Camp, Cardigans frontwoman Nina Persson resumes with the swirling and swooning ‘The Crowning’. Right down to the theatrical double-chorus finale, the fantastical tale of a Henry VIII type character is...