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  • Summary: The third full-length release (and the first on the Columbia label) for the Swedish sister duo was produced by Mike Mogis.
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  1. Positive: 31 out of 33
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  1. Jun 9, 2014
    90
    Sometimes sunny days need bittersweet soundtracks to make them better. Gold may turn grey, but not in the hands of this duo.
  2. 85
    Despite the changes in their compositional style, their growth, their pain and their heartbreak, First Aid Kit haven’t lost the key element that makes them so distinct.
  3. Jun 6, 2014
    80
    Three albums in, and their voices still chime like a Swedish Everly Brothers.
  4. At times the sisters risk being bogged down by a certain two-dimensionality, but they prove there’s more to them than a sparkling glumness with ‘My Silver Lining.’
  5. 80
    For all its timid trepidation, Stay Gold is an ambitious sounding record, full of massive hooks, and expansive arrangements.
  6. Magnet
    Jul 18, 2014
    70
    Stay Gold is First Aid Kit's most lush and shimmering work to date. [No. 111, p.55]
  7. 58
    Only the opening stanza of “Waitress Song”--in which a major label signee fantasizes about escaping heartbreak by assuming a romanticized working class identity--is outright egregious. The rest is just innocuous.

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  1. Apr 20, 2018
    10
    Me parece de muita ingenuidade (pra não dizer algo pior) de críticas que chamam "Stay Gold" de inócuo, o que NÃO se aplica mesmo a este álbum.Me parece de muita ingenuidade (pra não dizer algo pior) de críticas que chamam "Stay Gold" de inócuo, o que NÃO se aplica mesmo a este álbum. A pergunta que eu fazia era: após o ápice de "The Lions Roar" (pra mim um dos melhores álbuns do século), como as irmãs se sairão de certa bidimensionalidade - normal se tratando de duo? Elas provaram que, quando se tem talento, todo novo projeto se torna GRANDE e suficientemente imponente para escrever uma nova história na carreira. É um álbum muito bem construído, de um gosto muito refinado. Acertaram em cheio na mesma característica positiva do anterior: é um trabalho que, dentro de um estilo, trabalha muito bem os extremos (Heaven Knows tem uma pitada de "King of the World" permitindo ampliar esta faixa de extremos). As irmãs "First Aid Kit" já podem olhar para trás e se orgulhar da carreira. Stay Gold é um presente divino! Expand
  2. Apr 8, 2015
    10
    I haven't fallen in love with a band like I have with FAK for nearly twenty years. Extraordinary vocal talent mixed with poignant yetI haven't fallen in love with a band like I have with FAK for nearly twenty years. Extraordinary vocal talent mixed with poignant yet intelligent lyrics. I can't wait to see them this summer. Expand
  3. Jun 11, 2014
    8
    Fuller folk for the thinking person. With a fuller sound and more ambitious song writing this could have gone wrong for the Swedish duo butFuller folk for the thinking person. With a fuller sound and more ambitious song writing this could have gone wrong for the Swedish duo but they have hit the mark on almost every song with none of them sounding out of place. To summarise: pleasing and thoughtful with some great tracks and no filler. A definite one to while away the summer hours with regardless of the weather. Expand
  4. Jun 17, 2014
    8
    This is a breath of fresh country air in what was turning into a fast stagnating genre. The girls take you on a journey of sunshine andThis is a breath of fresh country air in what was turning into a fast stagnating genre. The girls take you on a journey of sunshine and soothing sounds, leaving you happier for having heard this album and wanting to press play again. Absolutely stunning. Expand
  5. Jun 13, 2014
    7
    If we count out their big singles, such as the brilliant "Emmylou", "Stay Gold" is my first full length introduction to the swedish duo [FirstIf we count out their big singles, such as the brilliant "Emmylou", "Stay Gold" is my first full length introduction to the swedish duo [First Aid Kit].

    "Stay Gold" is a warm pop-py album perfect for these summer days, with Mike Mogis behind the boards and the two fantastic voices and performers on top off.
    Introspection and poetical affection.
    The intriguing and hard painted lyrical vibes be riding smoothly over the orchestrations, delivered is different topics whether it be some ballades, heartbreaks or more youthful and self-aware cuts.
    It's a cohesive LP, flowing on together that may not be filling fillers though can feel the same on the base, though they be making up on their harmonies and melodies.

    First Aid Kit are unique, and blends the country and folk rock tunes from Nashville to Sweden's 60's and creats a own atmosphere you should experience. "Stay Gold" is one beautiful, mature, rough and happy tear-jerker?
    Whatever you feel, whatever feeling taking in, I recommend this.

    Not much to write, the album is pretty much self-explained.
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