This week's RTÉ Radio 1 Album Of The Week is Ruins, by First Aid Kit.
What We Say: From viral sensations to global superstars-in-the-making, Swedish sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg have been melting hearts since their teenage years with their unique Scandi riff on classic achy-breaky country music - Ruins, their most polished set to date, should make them household names.
What The Critics Say:
'On their fourth effort, First Aid Kit sound more hurt than ever, if just as mellifluous. Johanna and Klara Söderberg wrote the album when the latter was reeling from a break-up, trying to achieve resolution through the band’s signature balm.' (The Observer)
'Emerging in the late 2000s as a good, old-fashioned MySpace sensation, Swedish sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg offer warm orchestration, heartfelt lyricism and a focus on unprocessed arrangements – a soothing narcotic to acolytes of throwback folk rock and country.' (The Irish Times)
'Producing their fourth set, folk-rock impressionist Tucker Martine (Neko Case, My Morning Jacket, Sufjan Stevens, the Decemberists) helps shape a dreamy grandeur, with touches of pedal steel and Peter Buck's guitar atmospherics, while a damaged romance bleeds across a widescreen America – it's like a Sergio Leone film starring Lana Del Rey, doubled. At times, the musical ornamentation feels too much. But when those two voices combine, it all falls away.' (Rolling Stone)
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