The Lion's Roar

Release date
23 Jan 2012
Running length
10 tracks
Running time
42:51

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 The Lion’s Roar 5:07 677
2 Emmylou 4:18 159,198
3 In the Hearts of Men 4:13 92,989
4 Blue 3:16 94,591
5 This Old Routine 4:24 73,007
6 To a Poet 5:44 74,771
7 I Found a Way 4:13 66,653
8 Dance to Another Tune 4:50 62,431
9 New Year’s Eve 3:07 801
10 King of the World 3:39 78,784

About this album

Those already familiar with First Aid Kit may be shocked by the portent in the title of their second album, The Lion’s Roar. For a duo so built on understatement, it’s a statement of its own volition – words which suggest something bigger, bolder, and stronger.

From the reflections of Blue, the influence of the Swedish sisters’ dream producer Mike Mogis (best known for his work with Bright Eyes) becomes apparent. Still pared down but clearer, the sweet mimicking between bass and xylophone feel more ominous than decorative.

Johanna and Klara Sodenberg’s close harmonies charm unaffectedly, pitched in the mix like the faint voices of songbirds echoing through a woodland scene. And, lyrically, there’s a mix of gloom and lilt in the perfect order and proportion; in spite of Conor Oberst’s involvement, there’s no stagnation, no lack of positivity and certainly no halting moments of impenetrable self-reflection.

The voices gallingly cry “I go from nowhere to nowhere / Searching for the key” on Dance to Another Tune, the most mournful of The Lion’s Roar’s 10 songs. Written like a series of proverbs, it has the unique gift of being accessible and extravagant. First Aid Kit are now a band rather than a duo, and the gorgeous harmonies benefit from a more serious direction and sometimes sweeping orchestration.

First Aid Kit’s journey into the hillbilly backwoods is smoother than their rickety debut album, 2010’s The Big Black & Blue, and comes with the benefit of greater knowledge.

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