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Swedish sisters First Aid Kit have gone from teenage fans covering Fleet Foxes for fun to recording Buffy Sainte-Marie’s “Universal Soldier” in Nashville with Jack White in his Third Man Studios. Originally signed by The Knife's Rabid Records, Wichita Recordings signed them in 2009, releasing their "Drunken Trees" EP. This was follow by their debut LP “The ... Read more in Amazon's First Aid Kit Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (25 Jan. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Wichita
  • ASIN: B002X9GX16
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,923 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. In the Morning
2. Hard Believer
3. Sailor Song
4. Waltz for Richard
5. Heavy Storm
6. Ghost Town
7. Josefin
8. A Window Opens
9. Winter Is All Over You
10. I Met Up With the King
11. Wills of the River

Customer Reviews

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Paul Price TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Feb. 2010
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What an absolutely incredible record this is!
Its like the whole folk movement of the 60s didn't happen till now.
Fragile beauty runs seamlessly through each track.
Joan Baez and Bob Dylan must be the TEENAGE sisters grandparents.
A timeless classic that gets better with every listen.
Maturity far beyond their years just what the future bring is anyone's guess.
Going by this record life can only help enrich an already well executed take on life's twists and turns.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sandman on 12 Feb. 2010
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Since buying this a few days ago, I have listened to little else, and only then because I know I ought to. These two really are something: both are good singers individually, but when they combine in harmony, it's almost supernatural. When you consider how young they are, and that they are singing in a second language, then this album and the earlier EP, are phenomenal.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Jan. 2010
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This beautiful album by Swedish sisters Klara and
Johanna Soderberg displays extraordinary musical
maturity and technical dexterity given that they
are only 16 and 19 years old respectively.

The sound they make, however, is as old as Methuselah.

The radiant simplicity and purity of vocal tone displayed
in these twelve economical arrangements is magical.
Their voices combine in harmonies which possess the
capacity to express complex and convincing emotion.

The Roches (sisters Maggie, Terre and Suzzy) in their
glorious heyday come to mind from time to time and
that is no bad thing. It has everything to do with
the combination of pathos, gently quirky humour and
soaring vocal pyrotechnics.

The album flows from A to Z in a seamless
line of inspired and flawless artistry.

It's difficult to pick out highlights when everything is
so good but standout tracks would have to include :
the whistful 'A Window Opens' with its waltz-time melody and
terse laconic narrative; the heart-wrending country-folk
lament 'Ghost Town'; 'I Met Up With The King', with its
hauntingly surreal imagery and curious instrumental decoration
and the blissfully plaintive reflections of 'Wills Of The River'.

The true beauty of this music arises from the simple fact
that everything we hear is exactly in the right place.
Balanced, coherent and consummately performed, First Aid Kit's
debut album is, a truly remarkable and memorable achievement.

Essential.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Hirst on 9 May 2013
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I love this CD. I know others have said it isn't so good, it being their first one, but if you listen to it more than once you will see how wonderful it is. Highly recommend a listen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TomStir on 17 Feb. 2013
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Yeah - pretty and damn good just about sums them up I'd say. Some amazing vocal harmonies in deceptively simple songs. For those who like voice, you'd be hard pushed to find a stronger pair anywhere in the current musical universe.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Butler on 13 Aug. 2010
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I saw First Aid Kit at Lounge on the Farm and was mesmerised - I came straight home and bought this. The CD's not quite as fabulous as the live act, but three of the tracks are magical and it's worth owning just for them (In the Morning; Hard Believer; I Met Up With The King). First Aid Kit are two Swedish sisters - 16 and 19 years old, I believe - who sound as though they've been singing together for centuries yet are at the same time wonderfully fresh.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C2 on 17 Aug. 2013
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The single "I Met up with a King" and "Hard Believer" are stand out tracks on this album. That's not to belittle the rest of the album which more than holds it own and is consistently good throughout. The beautiful harmonies and crafting of the melodies is deserved of four stars - the 5th star is only missing as their are a couple of tracks which seem a little off the feel of the rest of the songs.

Its a huge improvement over the debut EP which was still a great start for these girls and it sits perfectly between that and the latest Lions Roar album which is even better. still the quality of the songs here is reflected in their live performance of which many of these songs still feature.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paul Mitchard on 15 Mar. 2010
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Excellent album from the two teenage sisters from Sweden. Musically well beyond their youthful years. Superb vocalists it will draw you in and consume your soul.Deserve and hopefully will achieve the recognition their talents warrant. They are even better LIVE.......
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