First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar

A bewitching brew of Americana
First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar
The Söderberg sister's follow-up to 2010's intimate 'The Big Black And Blue' is their first full-band recording. Recorded in Omaha with Mike Mogis at the helm and their father Benkt on bass, 'The Lion's Roar' is full of rich textures that unfurl around Klara and Johanna's bittersweet harmonies.

A lonely mellotron lights up the gorgeous 'In The Hearts Of Men' while the title track is full-blown country-rock coloured with an intrinsic sadness. While the greats - Gram and Johnny, as well as Ms. Harris - are name-checked on the twinkling 'Emmylou', First Aid Kit have woven their Swedish sangfroid into a bewitching brew of Americana.

8/10

Words by John Freeman

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