Scandanavian Sisters First Aid Kit got their big break after posting videos of themselves on YouTube harmonizing Fleet Foxes songs. Stay Gold was their third album and commercial breakthrough showcasing the girls gorgeous voices and ability to pen lonesome Americana and folk rock with a hint of country that nevertheless had mainstream appeal.
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The dusky Americana sound belies these two’s Scandinavian upbringing. Originally discovered when they posted their cover of a Fleet Foxes song online, there has since been an avalanche of interest, culminating in this, their third studio album, which from the chunterings I hear on the vine threatens to be be the one that crosses them over to the mainstream.
What’s it like then? Well its polished and scrubbed Americana, perfect for those who find Fleet Foxes a little idiosyncratic. Opener ‘My Silver Lining’ is an excellent effort and succeeds in updating the Lee Hazlewood dusty road-beaten sound with more than a hint of Dolly Parton in the vocal inflections. From there everything moves slightly right into what used to be called the adult orientated rock bracket , the title track is a slick, string-ravaged thing with a 6 Music-ready chorus.
Their voices have a pining, lonesome quality which occasionally grates due to a lack of variation and as an album raises the question of how long can you listen to two people singing song after song together in the same register? By ‘Waitress Song’ you scream for something different, something a little more brooding perhaps, to show off their voices. But by the time the line- dancing jauntiness of ‘Heaven Knows’ appears, there’s the realisation that this is an album aimed truly at the mainstream.
10/10 Thomas 13th February 2015
Hauntingly beautiful. I bought this for the first track, which is instantly brilliant. Then I warmed to the 2nd, then the 3rd. I remember thinking, wow 3 great songs in a row. Now, a few listens later, every single song is brilliant. I just love it, even if its a bit chilling, a bit cheesy, a bit folky, a bit country at points. I found Lion's Roar beautiful too, but found the harmonic voices started to grate a little after too much intensive listening. I haven't had that problem with this one. Definitely recommend. Also, sound particularly wonderful and warm and joyous on LP.
7/10 Simon 7th June 2014
Be warned, it is NOT a double LP - clearly not Norm's fault, as other retailers are also describing it the same way.
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