Ruins [sound recording]
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Format:
Music CD, Musical Sound Recording, Sound Recording
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Publisher, Date:
New York, NY : Columbia, [2018]
℗2017
Copyright:
℗2017
Description:
1 audio disc (39 min., 36 sec.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in.
digital optical
audio file
CD audio
Performer:
Performed by First Aid Kit (Johanna and Klara Söderberg) ; with assisting musicians.
Credits:
Produced by Tucker Martine.
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Genre:
  
Notes:
Title from disc label.
Compact disc.
Lyrics on container insert.
All songs written by Johanna Söderberg and Klara Söderberg.
Recorded at Flora Recording and Playback, Portland, OR.
Contents:
Rebel heart (5:23) -- It's a shame (4:00) -- Fireworks (4:15) -- Postcard (3:47) -- To live a life (3:13) -- My wild sweet love (3:55) -- Distant star (3:10) -- Ruins (3:31) -- Hem of her dress (3:23) -- Nothing has to be true (4:59).
  
Publisher Number:
19075806012
Other Number:
1015252138
Control Number:
3581515
  
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Notes / Track List
With its release following their 2014 major-label debut, Stay Gold, by nearly four years, the Söderberg sisters of First Aid Kit began work on their fourth album after taking a break from music. In the meantime, Klara had moved back home to Stockholm from Manchester, England following a broken engagement. The resulting Ruins takes on heavy-hearted subject matter inspired by working through the personal aftermath. Still, fans of Stay Gold will find a familiar bright, assertive sound, with Klara and Johanna's trademark tandem vocals bringing a certain air of resiliency to an unexpectedly lively set of songs. Ruins marks a first-time collaboration with producer Tucker Martine, whose résumé includes bands such as My Morning Jacket, the Decemberists, and Blind Pilot, and performances are bolstered by backing musicians that include the likes of R.E.M's Peter Buck, Wilco's Glen Kotche, Midlake's McKenzie Smith, and LAKE's Eli Moore. The self-doubting opener, "Rebel Heart," sets the stage with a haunting folk-rock that features instruments like pedal steel, organ, tambourine, and Buck's eBow guitar among its sepia-shaded palette. A more confident, uptempo track, "It's a Shame" shows signs of mettle with advice like "No point in wasting sorrow/On things that won't be here tomorrow." These early tracks help establish a musical sprightliness that holds course for most of the album, even the heartbroken country ballad "Postcard" ("I wasn’t looking for trouble but trouble came/I wasn’t looking to change, I’ll never be the same"). Ruins is never complacent, though, keeping its rough, rustic edges, and allowing for the sounds of fingers on frets on quieter tunes like "To Live a Life." Lyrics don't put on a false front, either, and that's ultimately what makes the album linger -- from a title track that leaves us "Standing amongst ticket stubs and written notes and photographs" to a closer that loses track of time in search of a place that feels like home. ~ Marcy Donelson
1Rebel Heart
2It's a Shame
3Fireworks
4Postcard
5To Live a Life
6My Wild Sweet Love
7Distant Star
8Ruins
9Hem of Her Dress
10Nothing Has to Be True
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