First Aid Kit : Palomino Review
First Aid Kit has released their new album, Palomino. The critically acclaimed Swedish duo consists of singer-songwriters and sisters Johanna and Klara Soderberg. Palomino is filled with eleven songs that frame the sisters’ vocals with strings, horns, pop synths, catchy drumbeats, full bass, and well-placed guitar. Both sisters share lead vocals and combine to create angelic vocal harmonies.
With a propelling opener song, “Out Of My Head,” First Aid Kit will capture your attention with their powerful vocals and stunning harmonies. The style is a cross between pop and rock, which will pull in many fans, regardless of their musical taste. Each sister takes turns singing the lead, and to add more power to certain melodies, they sing in harmony. The sisters will impress you with their vocal ability as the song grows. This song also shows that First Aid Kit have moved past the Americana sounds of their past.
“Angel” is an upbeat song with powerful lyrics as the sisters sing of hope, love, and personal growth. A layering background of instruments, a steady drum beat, and a driving cymbal pattern support each phrase. The bridge builds the energy to the release as sweet vocals enter to take us to an instrumental interlude before the closing haunting vocal harmonies release us to our own thoughts of love and growth.
Palomino is a delightful album, and both sisters have gorgeous voices. The music is upbeat, with various sounds, tempos, and emotions. The songwriting is very safe; nothing wrong with that, but more varied song structures would be a welcome distinction. First Aid Kit is growing to be a powerful duet that expands past pop and Americana to reach a universal aesthetic with Palomino.
First Aid Kit
November 25, 2022