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The Lion's Roar

First Aid Kit

The Lion's Roar

Swedish indie folk & country sisters Johanna and Klara Soderberg, joined by a full band for their second album

ADM rating[?]

7.4

Label
Wichita
UK Release date
23/01/2012
US Release date
24/01/2012
  1. 8.4 |   Paste Magazine

    A gorgeous record and a spectacular follow-up to their 2010 debut
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  2. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Throughout, the lyrics ring with honesty and charm, the phrasing gently off at times, emphasizing a missed moment, a passing fancy
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  3. 8.0 |   The Fly

    Nothing short of magical
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  4. 8.0 |   Entertainment.ie

    Stick with it, and you'll find one of the early 'must-haves' of 2012
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  5. 8.0 |   NME

    The sound of a duo growing up and out. And it's pretty perfect
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  6. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A bold, distinct leap forward for the Söderberg sisters
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  7. 8.0 |   Q

    The sisters harmonise like sisters should, the tunes soar as both country and Bright Eyes should. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Benefits from superb songwriting as well as recording with Bright Eyes alumni in Omaha. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   Uncut

    A remarkably mature work that mixes up surging psychedelia, roughshod country and fireside ballads. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   music OMH

    A beautiful album that proves that sometimes more is more
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  11. 8.0 |   Clash

    Full of rich textures that unfurl around Klara and Johanna's bittersweet harmonies
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  12. 8.0 |   BBC

    Lines them up as the band most likely to cross over into the big time
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  13. 8.0 |   State

    Lyrical ambience in motion
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  14. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    There's genuine beauty here
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  15. 8.0 |   The Independent

    This second album, recorded with Mike Mogis, is a country-rock revelation
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  16. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    A bigger, better record than their debut, rounded out with the confidence of maturity
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  17. 8.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    An Ikea-warehouse-sized leap forward. Hell, if it doesn't put these girls up on the main stage come festival season, I'll eat my Stetson
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  18. 7.8 |   Beats Per Minute

    The most striking thing about The Lion’s Roar compared to their previous work is the added maturity and confidence to their songs and performances, as well as a move from folk to a broader definition of Americana
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  19. 7.6 |   Pitchfork

    Ttheir voices are steadier now, and richer, as if they were told enough times how good they are that they're finally resigned to believing it
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  20. 7.5 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    An old school folksy sound permeates each song on the album
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  21. 7.0 |   Pop Matters

    Here’s hoping that First Aid Kit act as a salve to openhearted wounds for many years to come
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  22. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    You may not hear a more beautifully sung record this year
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  23. 7.0 |   The Digital Fix

    Perhaps it's just that they are not trying so hard to be earnest and tortured and, free of pretence, their ethereal tunes prove quite bewitching
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  24. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    More than talented enough to keep Britain’s current crop of folk superstars on their toes
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  25. 7.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Their sound reaches over to an American pastoral sound, populated by the hazy yet strident sounds of Crosby, Stills and Nash and The Beach Boys
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  26. 7.0 |   DIY

    Vocals, sparse acoustic backings, gentle snare brushing, the occasional stab of a mellotron all create a very pristine listening experience
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  27. 7.0 |   All Music

    A mesmerizing listen that -- alongside recent releases from the likes of the Tallest Man on Earth and Anna Ternheim -- suggests the Swedish folk scene is currently hitting something of a purple patch
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  28. 6.0 |   AU Magazine

    While this is lovely stuff, it’s more of the same lovely stuff
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  29. 6.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    As gentle and familiar as a purring moggy
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  30. 6.0 |   Rave Magazine

    Shows them moving beyond their woodsy folk into a more country-fied direction
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  31. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    Their influences are tightly knit and proudly adorned, but what is most interesting is their inflection, interpreting this sound in their own way
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  32. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Occasionally lightweight but undeniably pretty
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  33. 5.5 |   Bowlegs

    An expansive record with calming, svelte tones
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