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The Lion's Roar

First Aid Kit Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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Swedish sisters First Aid Kit have gone from teenage fans covering Fleet Foxes for fun to recording Buffy Sainte-Marie’s “Universal Soldier” in Nashville with Jack White in his Third Man Studios. Originally signed by The Knife's Rabid Records, Wichita Recordings signed them in 2009, releasing their "Drunken Trees" EP. This was follow by their debut LP “The ... Read more in Amazon's First Aid Kit Store

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  • Audio CD (17 Sep 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wichita Recordings
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,847 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. The Lion's Roar 5:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Emmylou 4:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. In the Hearts of Men 4:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Blue 3:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. This Old Routine 4:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. To a Poet 5:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. I Found a Way 4:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Dance to Another Tune 4:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. New Year's Eve 3:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. King of the World 3:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Wolf 3:40Album Only

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
By beretta
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I don't write many music reviews as everyone has different tastes and I don't like to preach about what is good and not good music...BUT, I will say that this is on of the best albums that I have ever heard, it has just blown me away. I have never heard such gorgeous music and from such young girls too! They may have a very odd name but don't let that put you off, oh, and they don't sound Swedish ether and nether do they sound like ABBA, which IMO is a really good thing!!
If you like Americana crossed with a little 60s American folk (think mamas and papas) and want to hear something miles better that the garbage they call chart music and want to regain your faith after the years of muck churned out by the likes of the X factor and such then buy this album (and their others) you will thank me for it...Honest!
Best thing to come out of Sweden since er...ABBA!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A definate grower 12 Nov 2013
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Really don't know what category you can put them in ? Folk/Country ? But the vocal harmonies are exceptional and Emmylou and the title track are absolutely superb compositions.Obviously with albums some tracks hit home more than others but this enjoyable album really was an expected pleasure and surprise, having not heard of First Aid Kit before.Well worth a punt and download for the extremely generous price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Bright Future 13 July 2013
By Steve B
Format:Audio CD
Some magic,some not. But excellent overall. If they can keep this standard up they will have a great future in the music business.
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5.0 out of 5 stars folk catchy 1 July 2013
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I heard a track from this cd on tv from show called
case histories ,on tracking down the cd i bought was
very impressed with the rest is just as good if you like
great singing voices with haunting tones check this out
you wont be dissappointed looking forward to there
future projects of these singing sisters top of the tree *****
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lions Roar by First Aid Kit 16 Jan 2013
By SteveGG
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have been interested in First Aid Kit since I saw them perform in Sept 2012 at the End Of The Road festival where they put over a very accomplished set to a large, enthusiastic audience. There are some good tracks on this CD but their voices can grate after a while. For my money their CD, The Big Black and the Blue is better.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable! 19 Dec 2012
By Sigrid
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A very fine CD.

Americana? Pop? Folk? Country? Who cares. Lovely harmony from Swedish sisters, with good instrumental backing - restrained and never overwhelming the vocals.

One piece of advice. For some reason there appear to be 10 and 11 track versions - make sure you get the 11 track one. The so-called 'bonus' track (Wolf) is one of their finest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 21 May 2014
Format:Audio CD
I'm not usually one for leaving reviews but felt compelled to do so for this album, it really is that good!

This is First Aid Kit's second full album (the first being The Big Black & The Blue) and in my opinion the best one to listen to first as it's a little more accessible to those unfamiliar with the band. Whilst it's hard to pin them down to any one particular type of music (for me at least) I would advise anyone who's a fan of Bright Eyes and/or Conor Oberst to check them out. This is how I discovered them (one of those "if you like this album you may also like...." type things) and generally I've found if you're a fan of one you're a fan of the other. They've also done a lot of work together too with Conor featuring on this album & First Aid Kit featuring heavily on Conor's latest album, Upside Down Mountain). Some of their other collaborations can be found on youtube.

Anyway on to the album; without the slightest bit of hyperbole this is without doubt one of, if not my actual favourite record of all time. It's hard to pick out any particular songs as it's such an excellent album from start to finish but at a push I would particularly recommend the title track, To a Poet, Dance to Another Tune & Wolf. Their sound and vocal harmonies are unlike anything I've heard before and I still find myself disbelieving the fact that this very retro American sound comes from two young Swedish sisters.

I honestly cannot recommend this album enough and would strongly advise seeking out the imported version which contains another two excellent tracks (Marianne's Son & I Just Needed a Friend) as well as a DVD and a couple bonus items.
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