Ruins, is a collection of original tunes. Swedish sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg give such ballads as “Fireworks” a majestic grandeur that masks heartbreak and loneliness with pure vocal power. Other tracks range from the countrified yearning of “Postcard” and “It’s a Shame” to the acoustic folk-pop intimacy of “To Live a Life” and the homespun title track. They briefly raise their voices “so loud and so discreet” on “Hem of Her Dress,” but it’s only a brief hint of rage among all the other beautifully contemplative settings.
In the past, First Aid Kit have drawn attention for imbuing songs by Fleet Foxes, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Rezso Seress, R.E.M. and Bob Dylan with their own distinctively rich and melancholic-tinged harmonies, but their new album,