Swedish duo all grown up for Palomino

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Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Soderberg were scarcely out of their teens when their duo, First Aid Kit, launched its first EP in 2009. Despite a growing U.S. audience, they have been invisible for several years, and a recent live-album tribute to Leonard Cohen was criminally ignored. But Columbia Records is pushing the new album Palomino with good reason. The work swells beyond life-size with strong session musicians and occasional orchestral backing.

This approach works more often than not, from the opener “Out of My Head” to the closing title track. Still, it can resemble the kind of big session, like Dusty Springfield’s Dusty In Memphis, that is challenging to replicate in a live setting. The Soderberg sisters can live up to the super-sizing, though it’s in the quietest near-a cappella moments when Palomino sounds mightiest.

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