The Lion’s Roar is more a butterfly’s whisper than the yell of an African beast. The title track is thankfully one of the best, an incredible sweet slice of folk rock. ‘Emmylou’ is as country as the singer it’s named after, a patient river in a Southern bayou. Tempos and melody may alter to small degree but the first two songs frame the album’s genres. Other notables are ‘Blue’, ‘To a Poet’ and ‘King of the World’.
Lyrically, the Swedish duo excels. They tell stories that matter, that question our existence with an age-old, growing up “wonder why” that never seems trite and is always accessible: “I keep running around, trying to find the ground but my head is in the stars and my feet are in the sky. Oh, I’m nobody’s baby, I’m everybody’s girl. I’m the Queen of Nothing, I’m the King of the World.”
The overall effect of FIRST AID KIT’s The Lion’s Roar is to take me back to the Sixties when life was seemingly, thoughtfully deep but always tinged in hope. The album’s cover is grainy and the inner design finds Klara and Johanna Soderberg suitably dressed as flower children from that bygone era. Sure, production is better but, with sparse arrangement, never too polished. More variation would be appreciated but it makes for a lovely sophomore release.