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First Aid Kit is Swedish sisters Klara and Johanna Soderberg. The first single and title track to their sophomore album, ''The Lion's Roar'', was recorded with producer Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Monsters of Folk, Jenny Lewis) in Omaha, NE. The record sees the band exploring a bigger sound and more instrumentation than on their debut album ''The Big Black and the Blue'', but maintains the signature storytelling and harmonies they have become renowned for.
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  • Audio CD (January 24, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Wichita
  • ASIN: B0062Y9DCY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,064 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Red on Black TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 24, 2012
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Once upon a time two sisters walked into a Swedish forest, one with a guitar the other looking painfully young at the age of 16 and they both sang a song. The tune in question was a spine tingling cover of Fleet Foxes "Tiger mountain peasant song" and the sisters posted a video of it on the internet. It turned into a quiet and persistent sensation having been viewed well over 2 million times. The sisters in question were Johanna Söderberg and Klara Söderberg and their band is First Aid Kit. Happily suspending the fact that they are from Sweden they produce the type of Americana which is heartfelt and passionate, Their debut album 2010s "Big Black & The Blue" was a showcase for their brilliant voices although it was if truth be told a tad downbeat, lacking in variety in some parts and the echoes of Robin Pecknold's Seattle wonders were everywhere.

On their latest album "The Lions Roar" there is a clear and determined attempt made to rock things up and give a bigger sound. The bittersweet harmonies remain firmly in place but better songs with fuller production are everywhere plus growing signs that the sisters can write a fine set of lyrics. They recently reduced Patti Smith to a tearful wreck with a stirring version of her "Dancing Barefoot", yet it is to that other female giant of music that this albums finest song is dedicated. "Emmylou" name checks the romance of Harris with her true love Gram Parsons, plus June Carter with the Man in Black. It could easily be clichéd and trite but instead it is a splendid country concoction and possibly the finest thing the sisters have done. There must be composers in Nashville thinking that a monster has been created in Stockholm that can out countrify them in every respect.
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So sweet that the pain goes down easy, like a shot of the best moonshine you ever had. This is hot and smokey, sad and bitter, painful and cathartic music sung by sisters who sound like they have been signing together for ever, which they probably have. Appalachia is the obvious touchstone for their music, but they are not making roots music like Gillian Welch--instead, they make guitar driven, harmonically rich indie pop drenched in Americana. It will be at home wherever heartbreak is known, wherever cigarettes litter the floor, wherever sad tales and hopeful tunes are known to go together. You owe it to yourself to check this out if any of this description appeals to you--these sisters are the real thing, and they absolutely thrill me. Haunting.
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After seeing the girls open for Lykke Li on her Fall tour I was highly anticipating this release. If you like Civil Wars, Gillian Welch, Fleet Foxes, Joanna Newsom, etc. then you'll love this set of folky pop songs. Some songs tend more toward the americana spectrum while others are definitely more folk-based. Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) sings on the last track as well! Lovely, lovely record - can't wait until their tour!
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A totally satisfying album -- beautiful harmonies, beautiful lyrics, beautiful orchestrations, moving, powerful, gentle, poetic, lovely, serene. So good.
It is a little bit country, a little bit folk, a little bit '60s, a little bit surreal -- all woven together really nicely.
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First Aid Kit first came to my attention because their song "Hard Believer" was played sometimes on the Minneapolis-St. Paul public radio rock station, The Current, and I liked the singing and lyrics. Not historically a big fan of female duos, I wouldn't have bet anything that my fandom would go beyond that single song, but when I saw that First Aid Kit was appearing at one of our coolest local venues (The Cedar) in April in support of their new album, "Lion's Roar," I decided to check it out to see if the concert would be worth attending.

Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. The new songs demonstrate an even greater sophistication, maturity, and listenability than their previous efforts (which were already very good). With "Roar," the sisters have propelled themselves into the upper echelons of singer-songwriters (although they didn't write every song--they do at least one cover on "Roar"). In a just world, First Aid Kit would fulfill the promise of Next Big Thing, but that doesn't happen as often as it should (for example, in a just world everyone would know about We Are All Where We Belong and Monitor, but from what I can tell, they have not hit it big yet).

Whether as part of a fairly small and self-selected bandwagon, or to avoid the rush and say you followed them before it was uber-cool to do so, give this music a chance. It's a unique brand of artistry that deserves recognition and support.
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A very strong presentation by these two Swedes. Be it haunting dark melodies or lighter selections, they do it well! This is one cd you can let play over and over. With a little help from their shared DNA, their voices blend wonderfully. Klara's crystal clear lead is balanced nicely by Johanna's often deeper harmony. What a great team, i hope for their continued success and that they handle it right; there's no doubt they've got more in the well!
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