Ruins is the new and eagerly awaited album from Swedish sister duo First Aid Kit. This new album finds First Aid Kit as you’ve never heard them before: wounded and biting back hard. Whilst Ruins follows the traditions of the classic folk rock sound that First Aid Kit revived via their breakthrough album Stay Gold (2014) and previous releases The Big Black And The Blue (2010) and The Lion’s Roar (2012), the difference is that this time they have got lived, and the results are intense.
Tracks such as “Rebel Heart” the album’s opener documents a love doomed from the start. “It’s A Shame” the lead single is a plea to live in the moment because everyone disposes of one another eventually. On “Postcard” and To Live A Life,” you’re feeling the breath-stealing weight of despair when a shattered love leaves you bereft of hope. “Fireworks” introverts the blame with self-loathing.
In many ways, First Aid Kit’s largest asset is their biggest problem. Their voices are so damn pretty. The [previous] records were all the time so perfect,” says Johanna Söderberg. On Ruins, the duo didn’t want it to feel perfect. They wanted it to feel rough and wrenching. Johanna comments further, “Given the material, the lyrics had to be the point of interest. These sentiments didn’t wish to be dressed up. They had to be naked.”
Ruins was once made with one target in mind: make it sound more real a result the Söderberg sisters clearly achieved.
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