The Lion's Roar [Limited Edition Boxset]

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Described as the Swedish answer to the Pierces, sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg, aka First Aid Kit, blend autumnal folk and wistful '60s Americana, and have gathered a pretty illustrious following since their cover version of Fleet Foxes' "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song" became a YouTube hit back in 2008. As well as releasing their debut single through the Knife's Rabid Records label, they have since made Patti Smith cry with their rendition of her 1979 single "Dancing Barefoot," been courted by Jack White, who invited them to appear on two tracks for his Third Man Records' Blue Series, and now find themselves under the guidance of producer Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes) for ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Described as the Swedish answer to the Pierces, sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg, aka First Aid Kit, blend autumnal folk and wistful '60s Americana, and have gathered a pretty illustrious following since their cover version of Fleet Foxes' "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song" became a YouTube hit back in 2008. As well as releasing their debut single through the Knife's Rabid Records label, they have since made Patti Smith cry with their rendition of her 1979 single "Dancing Barefoot," been courted by Jack White, who invited them to appear on two tracks for his Third Man Records' Blue Series, and now find themselves under the guidance of producer Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes) for their second album, The Lion's Roar. It's an impressive turn of events for a duo that hails from a small suburb of Stockholm, but the follow-up to 2010's The Big Black & the Blue reveals why First Aid Kit have attracted so much attention. Juxtaposing the girls' glorious ethereal harmonies with a genuine sense of melancholy, the bittersweet alt-country of "Emmylou" (a tribute to the musical partnerships of Ms. Harris and Gram Parsons, and Johnny Cash and June Carter), the twinkling Mama Cass-esque "Blue," and the lush acoustics of "I Found a Way" are all beautifully heartbreaking. The medieval-tinged opening title track and the infectious handclaps and mariachi horns on "King of the World," the latter of which features guest appearances from Conor Oberst and the Felice Brothers, are convincing forays into rousing nu-folk, while it's impossible not to be charmed by the low-key dreaminess of "In the Hearts of Men" and the campfire singalong of "This Old Routine," both of which bear the hallmarks of the long Scandinavian dark winters. A change of pace toward the midway section is less absorbing, with the intimate balladry of "To a Poet," "Dance to Another Tune," and "New Year's Eve" all drifting into the same slightly bland troubadour territory. But for the most part, The Lion's Roar is 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. [The box set reissue tacks three bonus tracks onto the CD ("Wolf," "Marianne's Son," and "I Just Need a Friend") and includes a DVD with three videos as well as a documentary on the band.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/16/2012
  • Label: Wichita Records
  • EAN: 5051083065764
  • Catalog Number: 320
  • Sales rank: 12,282

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Lion's Roar (5:06)
  2. 2 Emmylou (4:17)
  3. 3 In the Hearts of Man (4:13)
  4. 4 Blue (3:11)
  5. 5 This Old Routine (4:23)
  6. 6 To a Poet (5:43)
  7. 7 I Found a Way (4:13)
  8. 8 Dance To Another Tune (4:50)
  9. 9 New Year's Eve (3:07)
  10. 10 King of the World (3:43)
  11. 11 Wolf (3:40)
  12. 12 Marianne's Son (3:36)
  13. 13 I Just Needed a Friend (3:31)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Follow Me Down: a Documentary
  2. 2 The Lion's Roar
  3. 3 Emmylou
  4. 4 Blue
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
First Aid Kit Primary Artist
Billy Sprague French Horn
Mike Mogis Mandolin, Percussion, Pedal Steel Guitar, Autoharp, Electric Guitar, Vibes, Hammered Dulcimer, Hand Clapping
Laura Haber Hand Clapping
Greg Farley Violin
Conor Oberst Vocals
Nate Walcott Piano, Trumpet, Hammond B3
Wendy Higgs Hand Clapping
Benkt Söderberg Bass, Hand Clapping
Tracy Dunn Violin
Karl-Jonas Winqvist cast
Amy Peterson Stout Viola
James Felice Accordion
Corina Figueroa Escamilla Hand Clapping
Frank Seligman Violin
Leslie Fagan Flute
Paul Ledwon Cello
Ben Brodin Piano
Mattias Bergqvist Percussion, Drums
Johanna Söderberg Autoharp, Keyboards, Vocals, Hand Clapping
Klara Söderberg Guitar, Vocals, Hand Clapping
John Klinghammer Bass Clarinet
Ewa Fröling cast
Ove Jensen cast
Technical Credits
Mike Mogis Producer, Engineer
Doug Van Sloun Mastering
Conor Oberst Composer
Alia Penner Prop Stylist
Johanna Söderberg Composer
Klara Söderberg Composer
Trevor Tarczynski Cover Design
Joe Andert Composer
Jasminda Blanco Costume Design
Helena Carlsson Costume Design
Fia Reisek Special Effects
Diana Ionescu Set Decoration
Daniel Wirtberg Director, Producer
Anna Natalia Siemonsen Production Design
Wes Olson Producer
Ralph Chesterson Producer
Pelle Åkerström Special Effects
Niklas Hermansson Special Effects
Nanna Dalunde Colorist
Maximilla Lukacs Director
Mats Udd Director
Martin Öberg Producer
Luke Rochelo Camera Operator
Joseph Andert Director, Filmmaker
Johannes Helje Cinematography
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