• Record Label: Wichita
  • Release Date: May 25, 2010
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. As curious a party piece that is, it rather overshadows their phenomenal way with gorgeous melodies and heart-melting harmonies.
  2. Their alt.folk stylings are ideal for unwinding to at the end of a long day as it calms and soothes the senses.
  3. These 11 tracks wisely elect not to outstay their welcome, ensuring that repeat experiences are enjoyable, if not markedly memorable.
  4. 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.
  5. The result is a collection of remarkably accomplished songs. With age, their early lyrical maturity can only blossom.
  6. There are a couple of indifferent songs, and the musical arrangements behind those amazing voices are sometimes a little underwhelming – but amazing they remain.
  7. In the 40-odd minutes that follow, the sisters' simplistic, repetitious song structures may start to grow stale, and their fine but unfussy folk instrumentalism may seem less than inspiring, but those harmonies are never far from hand, ensuring that The Big Black and the Blue is never less than an entirely pleasant listening experience.
  8. 80
    They have bell-clear voices, and a spooky ability to envince naivety and world-weariness in the same breath. [Feb 2010, p.88]
  9. Led by the strident vocals of the younger Klara, it is, however, the strength and surprising maturity of the pair's songwriting that makes The Big Black And The Blue such an impressive first effort, not least on the gorgeous Ghost Town. [Feb 2010, p. 105]
  10. 60
    First Aid Kit's debut sounds like a signifier of greater things to come. [Mar 2010, p.90]

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