Top positive review
Best group in world.
21 June 2016
I first came across First Aid Kit on The Graham Norton Show about 18 months ago singing a song called Master Pretender from their latest album, Stay Gold. Now, being, as I am, an avid hater of Country Music, I was shocked to find myself actually liking this song very much, and the group even more. I immediately took the plunge and bought the album. I have to say it boasts a great collection of songs which showcase the talents of these two beautiful Swedish ladies. Where am I going with this review you might well ask - what about The Big Black and The Blue? I promise I will get there.
I decided to work my way backwards from Stay Gold. The Lions Roar was my next purchase. An absolute gem with more fantastic songs and thoughtful lyrics. The title track, The Lion's Roar and Wolf are as good as anything that is out there - more folk than mainstream pop or country. I'm not too fond of Emmylou though - just a bit too much country for my taste.
I was now totally hooked on Klara and Johanna, and the superb Melvin Duffy on the pedal steel guitar. Couldn't wait get their first album, The Big Black and The Blue. This turned out to be the icing on the proverbial cake. It is raw, probably acoustic and definitely from the heart. The clues of what was to come in the years ahead are all here. I read somewhere that this album was recorded in their bedroom with just the two girls. If true, it is remarkable. I love every song on this album but the stand out for me is Ghost Town. A truly beautiful song that I just have to listen to at least three times daily. Sad, I know, but it is that good. I think the girls' first album will always be my favourite simply because it was their first and showed so much promise and honesty. I love this group and if you really want to see just how good they are live, check out their cover of The Kinks' classic Waterloo Sunset on YouTube. You too will be hooked.