Stay Gold

First Aid Kit - Stay Gold
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2014 Ratings: #200 / 845
Year End Rank: #36
User Score
Based on 134 ratings
2014 Ratings: #196
June 10, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Columbia / Label
Indie Folk, Folk / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
musicOMH

Stuffed with melodies to sing along to, beats to boogie at and choruses to go wild in, First Aid Kit have made an album for communal gatherings.

90
Exclaim!

The sisters wisely stuck with what worked the last time around, teaming up again with producer Mike Mogis, employing string arrangements by Nate Walcott and cozy, acoustic guitars, rolling drums, lap steel, piano and woodwind for texture without ever crowding out the thoughtful songwriting and relentlessly beautiful harmonies. 

85
Under The Radar

There's nothing out of place, nothing extraneous, and barely a misstep to be found on Stay Gold.

85
The Line of Best Fit

Their third full length album finds the sisters older, wiser, but still able to create some of the most beautifully intricate harmonies I’ve ever heard.

80
DIY

If this doesn’t take the Swedes into higher realms, nothing will. As surefire a bet for bigger things as there’ll ever be, for the most part it’s a resounding success. 

80
NME

The siblings have carefully crafted a tender batch of songs that disarm not only with their beauty but also their honesty.

80
AllMusic

Noticeably more expansive than any of their previous work, Stay Gold has a rich texture of classic country instrumentation and stirring string arrangements, matching their soaring vocal melodies.

80
Paste

These layered sounds, so intricately woven to complement the sisters’ voices, create a completeness that realizes First Aid Kit’s musical maturity.

80
Spin

Ultimately, it's their sisterly harmonies — not their lyrical content — that provide the salve of this First Aid Kit.

76
Sputnikmusic

Stay Gold has earned the pain that flits through so many of these beautiful, painstakingly assembled songs. The songs are more mature, Klara and Johanna more willing to match the depth Mogis provides with equal dashes of sadness and optimism. 

holsgr
37
☆½ ~ Exiguous work. Overmuch flawed and mediocre composition.
noonoo97
70
After silver lining the novelty of the album falls off completely.
EMR
39
Pleasant, bright, sugary and pre-made country melodies that blend well together and make up for a decent background listen, but rarely do they stand up front individually. Stay Gold is basically a sequel of the twin's previous work, mantaining the same structure and sonic identity with good vocals, radio-ready choruses and clean production.
Z.Younk
79
The Lion's Roar was a left-field surprise folk album that redefined 60's/70's influenced vocal folk acts. A timeless sounding band that blends mass appeal folk writing and classicism like not other, Stay Gold continues that streak.
rosevean
79
Master Pretender, Stay Gold, Fleeting One, Heaven Knows
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/Albumism (2010s)

Track List

  1. My Silver Lining
  2. Master Pretender
  3. Stay Gold
  4. Cedar Lane
  5. Shattered & Hollow
  6. The Bell
  7. Waitress Song
  8. Fleeting One
  9. Heaven Knows
  10. A Long Time Ago
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