As wilfully experimental as the cash-strapped Icelandics are, to my knowledge, they have never before tried their arm at country and western. Lay Low is Lovísa Elísabet Sigrúnardóttir and she is, as such, in audacious and unchartered waters, without local peers, but with bucket-loads of respect for the chosen genre. Her collection of light toe-tappers is overlaid with her eiswine-like vocal, sweet and frosty, ressembling fellow Icelander Emilíana Torrini's slightly ethereal and lingering delivery.
The gentle and atmospheric alt-folk of `By And By' is an extension of First Aid Kit's lady brand of Nordic campfire pleasers, and is representative of the washing-overly pleasant and unchallenging sound echoed across the album. Sadly, this easy-listening quality has brought unwanted and unfair Norah Jones comparison, an inept mistake that is blown out of the water on `The Reason Why My Heart's In Misery', a stunningly effective country plodder with piano, percussion and peddle steel aplenty. Such is its simple power that other moments of anonymity are easily forgiven in its wake.
Farewell Good Night's Sleep is not rousing enough to bid that promised farewell to nocturnal rest and is all the better for being more inclined to lull the listener toward a well deserved forty winks with its soporific melodies. A touch less like aural wallpaper and Lay Low would be caused to stand proud.