The Cardigans - The Other Side Of The Moon (Stockholm Records) Sweden's maestros of quirky pop - The First Band on the Moon, according to their 1996 album - come back down to earth with a collection of B-sides and previously unreleased material bearing all the signs of a stop-gap album issued to bridge 'proper' efforts. The Cardigans' speciality is bright, bouncy material with a black side which doesn't usually make itself obvious until second listen. These cuts, from 1993-96, may seem like a cashing-in, but at least give the band room to experiment. Most appealing is the outstanding track The Boys are Back in Town, a liberal interpretation of the Thin Lizzy classic, slowed down and sweetened up by the slinky vocals of Nina Persson. Least successful is the closing piece, a tedious, two-part piano solo which drags on, with the joke on the listener who sticks around to disc-end. The ever-inventive Cardigans take a stab at Mr Crowley, penned by scary metal-merchant Ozzy Osbourne, who cut his fangs with Black Sabbath. It's amazing what effect the barbershop quartet treatment can have. But The Other Side . . . is ultimately indulgent, and insufficiently engaging to be more hit than miss.