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The Lion's Roar

First Aid Kit

2012

The Lion's Roar
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The Lion's Roar is the second studio album by Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit. It was produced by Mike Mogis and features contributions from Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst, Nate Walcott, and The Felice Brothers. The album was released on 18 January 2012. The Lion's Roar received general acclaim from music journalists. The album holds an aggregate score of 81 out of 100 on Metacritic, which indicates "universal acclaim". Rebecca Nicholson of The Guardian commented that it was "a bigger, better record than their debut, rounded out with the confidence of maturity and a smooth, assured indie-country sound." Helen Clarke of musicOMH was similarly positive, stating that "this follow-up could be the album that sees them nudge the likes of Laura Marling and Mumford and Sons out of the way in order to claim a place at the top table." As with the band's previous work, critics praised Klara and Johanna Söderberg's singing, with The Independent highlighting the band's "clear, characterful voices, employed in beautifully modulated, bell-like harmonies." Rolling Stone named the song "Emmylou" the 10th best song of 2012 and 96th in their list of 100 best songs of the 2010s. At the 2013 annual Grammis Awards, the album won three awards, including album of the year, pop of the year and best album composers of the year.

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3.27

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75

Genres

  • Folk

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Mon Jan 08 2024
5

GREAT start to day 1 of this new project. This scratches the Mumford and Sons/Edward Sharpe itch for me. I know some people hate stuff like this but it is 100% the exact thing I love.

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Mon Nov 13 2023
4

The folk album the people needed but didn't deserve.

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Tue Feb 20 2024
5

9/10. This was really pretty.

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Mon Jan 08 2024
4

Delightful Americana via Sweden featuring some of the finest contemporaries we have to offer from the US catalog folk monsters

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Fri Jan 12 2024
4

"Emmylou" is the star of the show, but several gems. A duo that consistently makes very good albums. The harmonies are knockout!

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Fri Jan 19 2024
4

Now it's possible to add carillon to the verbal impression of First Aid Kit. The Lion's Roar is mighty melancholy; I remember seeing a live performance of Emmylou, must have viewed it from Utah, but not with that emotion. Clearly, sadness can be generative. Blue, following, is on the nose lyrically, music nearly saccharine.

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Thu Jan 25 2024
4

Great album. Thanks for suggesting

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Thu Feb 22 2024
4

Yeah, nice soft folksy stuff. Good addition.

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Tue Apr 16 2024
4

Man, I love First Aid Kit but to be honest I kind of forgot about them! So I was really happy when this came up. A great opportunity to revisit their beautiful music and harmonies. 4 stars.

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Fri Jan 12 2024
3

When this came out it took indie folk by storm, probably as an introduction to most folks. At the time I would have likely rated this a 4, but over time it has lost it's staying power for me. It's still "good" but a bit too one-dimensional and feels like it's missing something... I'm not sure.

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Tue Jan 23 2024
3

More Norwegian country/folk with the signers sounding remarkably like they came out of the American Midwest. An enjoyable listen, though the lyrics came across a little clunky for me.

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Sun Feb 11 2024
3

Un bon album, folk pop. Ca suit bien le style de ce type de groupe. Ma conjointe est fan j'ai enregistré pour elle. Merci de la suggestion. 3.85

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Fri Feb 16 2024
3

Didn't know they were from Sweden. Typically not the country you'd expect to produce a country-folkish duo with (at least to me) pretty convincing Southern US accents. (I'm not from either of these countries so I'm probably way off on both my observations). Overall I'm not the biggest country and folk fan, but this I can actually appreciate. Lovely harmonies.

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Fri Feb 16 2024
3

Nice sound en folky vibe. I liked it.

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Thu Feb 22 2024
3

Neat indie folk, but I appreciated this more as individual songs over a full album ride

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Sun Mar 17 2024
3

A cool Swedish folk rock record from one of those under-the-radar bands that it's always good to rediscover from time to time

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Tue Mar 19 2024
3

Solid record. Even though its not my personal taste, it could have been on the list easily

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Mon Oct 09 2023
2

One of those albums where a look at the cover tells you EXACTLY what you're in for. It's a "fuck no" from me, but at least it was honest about it. 2/5.

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Fri Jan 12 2024
2

I'm not much of a folkie so this is largely lost on me.

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Tue Feb 13 2024
2

Considering that I don't like folk I was pleasantly surprised, I didn't love it, but pleasantly surprised.

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Sat Apr 20 2024
2

This LP is well-executed instrumentally and organizationally, with some great Americana singer-songwriter instrumentation and compositions. That being said, this is one of my least favorite genres, and while it's perhaps a stellar treatment of the material there's just no accounting for taste.

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