Stay Gold (CD)


First Aid Kit

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Amoeba Review

06/09/2014

Thankfully, Klara and Johanna Soderberg’s major label debut doesn’t detract from what made them break through in the first place. The Swedish sisters first came to our attention for a sweet cover of Fleet Foxes’ “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song,” that homespun charm carrying through to their U.S. debut, The Lion’s Roar. On Stay Gold, producer Mike Mogis dresses up the duo’s pretty country-folk tunes with tasteful strings, castanets and piano, but mostly he stays out of their way. “I won’t take the easy road,” they sing on stunning opener “My Silver Lining,” and they could be singing about their own career, avoiding becoming faceless teen pop stars and building on what originally made them special—their sisterly harmonies, and an earnestness that can’t be faked. “What if to love and be loved’s not enough?” they sing spilling out a diary’s worth of reservations about the adult world on the affecting title track, amid sweeping, cinematic touches. Though Stay Gold is clearly geared to put First Aid Kit in the company of such stadium fillers as Mumford & Sons, songs like “Shattered & Hollow” round out the more produced tracks by sticking to the basics—it’s a lovely, spare tune about putting yourself out there (“I’d rather be broken then empty/I’d rather be shattered than hollow”), with the Soderbergs’ harmonies never sounding better. With an album as strong as Stay Gold, First Aid Kit’s early YouTube success becomes a footnote to a greater story.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
My Silver Lining
First Aid Kit 03:35
2.
Master Pretender
First Aid Kit 03:47
3.
Stay Gold
First Aid Kit 04:11
4.
Cedar Lane
First Aid Kit 04:43
5.
Shattered & Hollow
First Aid Kit 04:04
6.
The Bell
First Aid Kit 03:28
7.
Waitress Song
First Aid Kit 04:04
8.
Fleeting One
First Aid Kit 03:14
9.
Heaven Knows
First Aid Kit 03:18
10.
A Long Time Ago
First Aid Kit 04:01

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