First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar (Review)

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I hear beautiful and heart-wrenching reverb from Emmylou Harris in many of the vocals and tonal warmth in these songs. There is also some nice keyboard sounds of either a Moog or mellotron that reminds me of early Moody Blues. Not a loser in the bunch, but the first songs are all stand-outs to these ears. This album is pure yet reinterpreted country music that these two Swedes have made their own. Pure in that it has the basic elements, but primarily heart and soul. Reinterpreted in that it is not a copy of anything prior, but a unique gift and hopefully they will make country, folk and Americana more accessible to the jaded masses. Who would have thought Sweden could do so much for my love of music?

First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar

Listen to the full album at NPR.ORG here:

Swedish indie/folk duo consisting of the young sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg from Stockholm. The Emmylou Songfacts says that the teenage siblings began composing songs in 2007, taking their name at random from an English dictionary.
The debut EP “Drunken Trees” was released on the 9th of April 2008 in Sweden on the label Rabid Records, owned by the Swedish electronic duo The Knife. The EP was re-released through Wichita Recordings early 2009. 

The debut album The Big Black & The Blue was released on January 25th, 2010. Their 2nd album The Lion’s Roar, produced by Mike Mogis from Bright Eyes, will be released on January 24th, 2012.

~ by castleqwayr on January 17, 2012.

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