Ruins is the fourth album from the band First Aid Kit.
This album shows a clear advancement in the songwriting skills of the Soderberg sisters. And the album shows a willingness to play with sounds they haven’t touched on previous albums. But the trademark harmonies of their voices remain and remain the center of their sound.
Among the true standouts on this album, Fireworks is a mournful torch song that sounds straight out of fifties rock. Other examples of First Aid Kit touching on new musical territory are the honky-tonk undertones of Postcard and the strong indie rock feel of To Live a Life. And Hem of Her Dress sounds like nothing so much as a Nashville take on a mariachi band.
Recommendation: Buy It
Songs I have a Playlist For: It’s a Shame, Fireworks, To Life a Life, Nothing Has To Be True
Songs I would Thumbs Down: Distant Star