Where have the Cardigans been? In 1995 the Swedish meatballs elegantly slid on to the charts with Life but later efforts like First Band on the Moon, and Gran Tourismo sold jack crap in the record stores. Front woman, and delight to the eyes Nina Persson will be releasing a solo album in the new year. The album will rub off a country music feel, and Persson says that the album will not puncture the future of the band. The solo effort still does not have a label home, but Nina will be shopping a number of songs recorded over a number of years. The solo effort should have seen light 2 years ago, but Stockholm Records hesitated on releasing it, fearing it would conflict with the Cardigansí 1998 disappointment Gran Tourismo.