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Old Sounds - New Voices,
This review is from: The Big Black and The Blue (Audio CD)
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.
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Initial post: 25 Feb 2011, 18:41:53 GMT
Wonderful album - reminded me of a cross between the Everly Brothers and the Unthanks. :-)
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Feb 2011, 14:03:52 GMT
The Wolf says:
Dear Ms Toast
...it is indeed!
I believe The Unthanks have new album out soon
but for now I just can't listen to anything other
than June Tabor. Methinks I am besotted!
Best Wishes As Always
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