First Aid Kit - The Big Black And The Blue

Ignoring a cheap opportunity for 'Swedish sisters' jokes straight out of the 1970s, this adorable collection plays like Neko Case and Laura Cantrell visiting the Fleet Foxes, and is certainly a fine visit to the alt.country. As their vocals intertwine and climb to giddy heights, gentle instrumentation grasps your hand and takes you to a better place. These are songs so well crafted, clearly their talents as performers is equally matched by their compositional abilities. This is an album that secretes a calming elixir. When its sprightly forty minutes come to a close your muscles will be relaxed and your heart full of joy, as if you'd just emerged from a particularly satisfying session in the sauna. Oh, please! You dirty old sod ...

Overall

7

out of 10

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