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Friday 24 February 2012

Sweetness Is My Weskness

I was lucky enough to be at the Scala last night to see First Aid Kit promoting their new album, "The Lion's Roar". They were absolutely fantastic. I had expected the great songs and beautiful harmonies. What I hadn't expected was their propensity for wigging out, which got more and more pronounced as the set went on.

The album is excellent as well but has already been featured heavily on plenty of other blogs. So rather than repeat what you can find elsewhere, here are some more fine female harmonies of a slightly older vintage.

"Green Rocky Road" - Kathy & Carol

The obvious forebears for First Aid Kit are the 1970s Laurel Canyon set, performers who made sweet and soothing sounds while delicately leading the listener through the minefield of their relationships. They displayed a degree of sensitivity that has probably been unmatched by any artist since. With one very notable exception - Mister O.B. Buchana.

"Lollipop Man" - O.B. Buchana

Following where O.B. has led, here are two other purveyors of confectionery to finish things off for the week.

"Ice Cream Man" - Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers

"The Candy Man" - Sammy Davis Jr.

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