The Big Black and the Blue

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The Big Black and the Blue
Studio album by First Aid Kit
Released 25 January 2010
Recorded Cellar Door
Genre Folk
Length 42:10
Label Wichita
Producer Klara Söderberg
Johanna Söderberg
Benkt Söderberg
First Aid Kit chronology
Drunken Trees
The Big Black and the Blue
The Lion's Roar

The Big Black and the Blue is the first studio album by Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit. It was released on 25 January 2010 in the UK via Wichita Recordings, followed by a US release on 25 May 2010.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Klara and Johanna Söderberg.

No. Title Length
1. "In the Morning" 2:36
2. "Hard Believer" 3:40
3. "Sailor Song" 2:44
4. "Waltz for Richard" 2:49
5. "Heavy Storm" 3:21
6. "Ghost Town" 4:47
7. "Josefin" 3:31
8. "A Window Opens" 4:21
9. "Winter Is All Over You" 3:39
10. "I Met Up with the King" 2:49
11. "Wills of the River" 4:19


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 70/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
NME 8/10 stars[2]
Clash 7/10 stars[3]
BBC (positive)[4]
musicOMH. 3.5/5 stars[5]
Drowned in Sound 6/10 stars[6]
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[7]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[8]
There Goes the Fear (positive)[9]
The Line of Best Fit (positive)[10]

The Big Black and The Blue received a largely positive reception from music journalists.

NME awarded the album a score of 8/10, highlighting the band's "phenomenal way with gorgeous melodies and heart-melting harmonies",[2] while Clash wrote that "the lyrics remain to stand out behind the relaxing tempo and give edge to their songs...which makes the whole experience magical".[3] As with Drunken Trees, however, some critics offered more reserved praise: Drowned in Sound gave the album a score of 6/10, writing that "while there are tracks of beauty and wonder, there are duller moments too, where the history that First Aid Kit derive their music from overwhelms their songs, reminding us always of what came before.".[6] The BBC, while praising the album as a whole, also expressed reservations, noting that "songs are, at times, little more than sketches...there’s only ever one element that’s properly illuminated: the vocals."[4]

As of 2 November 2011, the album holds an aggregate score of 70/100 on Metacritic indicating generally positive reviews.[1]


  • "Ghost Town" (7" vinyl/digital, 27 September 2010)


  • Klara and Johanna Söderberg - production, vocals, instrumentation, mixing (tracks 1, 3-12), design & artwork
  • Charlie Smoliansky - drums (tracks 1, 3, 5, 8, 10)
  • Benkt Söderberg - mixing (tracks 1, 3-12)
  • Johan Gustavsson - mixing (track 2)
  • Erik Broheden - mastering (tracks 1-11)
  • Henrik Jonsson - mastering (track 12)


  1. ^ a b "The Big Black And The Blue Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Retrieved 2011-11-02. 
  2. ^ a b Cooper, Leonie (2010-01-22). "NME review". Retrieved 2011-11-02. 
  3. ^ a b White, Lindsey (2010-01-04). "Clash review". Retrieved 2011-11-02. 
  4. ^ a b Diver, Mike (2010-02-09). "BBC review". Retrieved 2011-11-02. 
  5. ^ Milton, Jamie. "musicOMH review". Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  6. ^ a b Lawrenson, James (2010-01-18). "Drowned in Sound review". Retrieved 2011-11-02. 
  7. ^ Hoffman, K. Ross. "Allmusic review". Retrieved 2011-11-02. 
  8. ^ Hughes, Tom (2010-01-28). "The Guardian review". Retrieved 2011-11-02. 
  9. ^ Grant, Jess (2009-12-09). "There Goes the Fear review". Retrieved 2011-11-02. 
  10. ^ Grillo, Andrew (2010-01-29). "The Line of Best Fit review". Retrieved 2011-11-02.