The Lion's Roar (album)

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The Lion's Roar
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Studio album by First Aid Kit
Released 18 January 2012
23 January 2012 (UK)
24 January 2012 (US)
Recorded ARC Studios, Omaha, United States
Genre Indie folk
Length 42:46
46:16 (iTunes edition)
53:30 (special edition box set)
Label Wichita (UK)
Redeye (USA)
Producer Mike Mogis
First Aid Kit chronology
The Big Black and the Blue
(2010)The Big Black and the Blue2010
The Lion's Roar
(2012)
Stay Gold
(2014)Stay Gold2014
Singles from The Lion's Roar
  1. "The Lion's Roar"
    Released: 7 December 2011
  2. "Emmylou"
    Released: 10 February 2012
  3. "Blue"
    Released: 18 June 2012
  4. "Wolf"
    Released: 17 September 2012

The Lion's Roar is the second studio album by Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit. It was produced by Mike Mogis and features contributions from Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst and The Felice Brothers. The album was released on 18 January 2012.

Reception[edit]

Critical[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 81/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
The Daily Telegraph 3/5 stars[3]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[4]
Mojo 4/5 stars[5]
NME 8/10[6]
Pitchfork 7.6/10[7]
Q 4/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[9]
Spin 7/10[10]
Uncut 4/5 stars[11]

The Lion's Roar received general acclaim from music journalists. The album holds an aggregate score of 81 out of 100 on Metacritic, which indicates "universal acclaim".[1] Rebecca Nicholson of The Guardian commented that it was "a bigger, better record than their debut, rounded out with the confidence of maturity and a smooth, assured indie-country sound."[4] Helen Clarke of musicOMH was similarly positive, stating that "this follow-up could be the album that sees them nudge the likes of Laura Marling and Mumford and Sons out of the way in order to claim a place at the top table."[12] As with the band's previous work, critics praised Klara and Johanna Söderberg's singing, with The Independent highlighting the band's "clear, characterful voices, employed in beautifully modulated, bell-like harmonies."[13]

The album was reissued in the form of a special edition box set on 17 September 2012, featuring additional tracks and a music-video DVD amongst other items.[14]

Rolling Stone named the song "Emmylou" the 10th best song of 2012.[15] At the 2013 annual Grammis Awards, the album won three awards, including album of the year, pop of the year and best album composers of the year.[16]

Commercial[edit]

The album went straight to #1 in Sweden in its first week of release, topping the Swedish Albums Chart.[17] It also reached #35 in its first week on the UK Albums Chart,[18] and has sold 76,759 copies in the UK as of June 2014.[19]

Worldwide, the album has sold over 250,000 copies.[20]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Klara and Johanna Söderberg, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Lion's Roar"   5:07
2. "Emmylou"   4:18
3. "In the Hearts of Men"   4:14
4. "Blue"   3:12
5. "This Old Routine" Söderberg/Söderberg/Joe Andert 4:24
6. "To a Poet"   5:44
7. "I Found a Way"   4:13
8. "Dance to Another Tune"   4:51
9. "New Year's Eve"   3:07
10. "King of the World" Söderberg/Söderberg/Conor Oberst 3:39

Official videos[edit]

The Lion's Roar (2011) on YouTube
Emmylou (2012) on YouTube
Blue (2012) on YouTube
Wolf (2012) on YouTube

Credits[edit]

  • Keyboards, autoharp, vocals – Johanna Söderberg
  • Vocals, guitar – Klara Söderberg
  • Bass guitar – Benkt Söderberg (Cuts 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10)
  • Drums, percussion – Mattias Bergqvist (Cuts 1–8; 10)
  • Piano – Ben Brodin (Cuts 1–3; 7)
  • Piano – Nate Walcott (Cuts 4–7)
  • Trumpet – Nate Walcott (Cut 10)
  • B3 organ – Nate Walcott (Cut 9)
  • Accordion – James Felice (Cut 10)
  • Vocals – Conor Oberst (Cut 10)
  • Engineer, mixing and producer; mandolin, pedal steel, percussion, claps, vibes, autoharp, electric guitar, hammer dulcimer – Mike Mogis

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Reviews for The Lion's Roar by First Aid Kit". Metacritic. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  2. ^ O'Brien, Jon. "The Lion's Roar – First Aid Kit". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 October 2017. 
  3. ^ Lachno, James (19 January 2012). "First Aid Kit, The Lion’s Roar, CD review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Nicholson, Rebecca (19 January 2012). "First Aid Kit: The Lion's Roar – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "First Aid Kit: The Lion's Roar". Mojo (219): 97. February 2012. 
  6. ^ Malone, Ailbhe (January 20, 2012). "First Aid Kit – 'The Lion's Roar'". NME. Archived from the original on January 25, 2012. Retrieved October 3, 2017. 
  7. ^ Maddux, Rachael (24 January 2012). "First Aid Kit: The Lion's Roar". Pitchfork. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "First Aid Kit: The Lion's Roar". Q (307): 104. February 2012. 
  9. ^ Hermes, Will (24 January 2012). "First Aid Kit: The Lion's Roar". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 3 October 2017. 
  10. ^ Wood, Mikael (24 January 2012). "First Aid Kit, ‘The Lion’s Roar’ (Wichita)". Spin. Archived from the original on 3 February 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2017. 
  11. ^ "First Aid Kit: The Lion's Roar". Uncut (177): 84. February 2012. 
  12. ^ Clarke, Helen (20 January 2012). "First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar". musicOMH. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  13. ^ Gill, Andy (19 January 2012). "Album: First Aid Kit, The Lion's Roar". The Independent. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  14. ^ http://shop.wichita-recordings.com/PhysicalProduct.aspx?pid=410&itemtype=CD
  15. ^ "50 Best Songs of 2012". Rolling Stone. 
  16. ^ "First Aid Kit tog hem fyra grammis". 
  17. ^ a b c d e f Swedish Charts: The Lion's Roar album page
  18. ^ a b "UK chart". 
  19. ^ a b "Country Bites News snippets June 9 - June 15, 2014". Country Routes News Blog. 21 June 2014. 
  20. ^ "First Aid Kit Announce New Album 'Stay Gold' And Stream New Single 'My Silver Lining' [Listen]". Contactmusic.com. 
  21. ^ "Top 50 Albums Chart - Australian Recording Industry Association". ARIA. Retrieved February 5, 2012. 
  22. ^ a b Danish The Lion's Roar album page
  23. ^ NorwegianThe Lion's Roar album page
  24. ^ a b c d e [1]
  25. ^ "Veckolista Album - Vecka 29, 19 juli 2013" (in Swedish). Sverigetopplistan. Hitlistan.se. Archived from the original on 20 July 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  26. ^ "British album certifications – First Aid Kid – The Lion's Roar". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter The Lion's Roar in the search field and then press Enter.