Stay Gold by First Aid Kit
This is the second appearance the band at #16 has made on the Top 31. First Aid Kit, a pair of sisters from Sweden, had the #4 album in 2012: their fantastic sophomore album, Lions. I absolutely loved that album, and I had my doubts they’d be able to capture the magic again.
Stay Gold is an apt follow-up. As with their previous efforts, this album is full of perfectly-produced old-school country music. Sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg, 24 and 21 respectively, sing — in flawless English — about love, life on the road, and other timeless tropes worthy of being sung. But the subject hardly matters; their voices are what keep me coming back. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that the sisters share a brain, such is their ability to sing in lock-step harmony.
If you never listened to Lions, I recommend you start there. Once you’ve thoroughly absorbed that gem, come back to Stay Gold. First Aid Kit have a good thing going, and it looks like they’re going to be around for a while.
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