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Let's Be Still

The Head and the Heart

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After breaking out with their debut self-titled album, the Seattle-based folk outfit The Head & The Heart return with a matured and polished sophomore effort, Let's Be Still. While the album largely sticks to the winning formula that put The Head & The Heart on the map—musically refined country-touched pub rock with lovely, arching melodies—Let's Be Still is more subtly constructed, artfully written, and intimate than its predecessor. Balancing airy, atmospheric tracks like "Springtime" with the falsetto-adorned folk rock of “Another Story" and “Homecoming Heroes," the album is filled with heartfelt musicianship and graceful lyricism. The album's closer, a six-and-a-half-minute behemoth called "Gone," features all the band's best qualities at once, in a resonate blend of folk, indie rock, and soaring, string-backed climaxes.

Customer Reviews

THATH is well deserving! Excellent!

This band is truly incredible! The harmonies of the three vocalists mesh so beautifully together, and the instrumentals are perfect. It doesn't get much better than The Head And The Heart. Buy this sophomore album and support this group. They deserve all the accolades!

This is unbelievable.

I am so incredibly excited for this album to come out. I've waited years for their next album. It's going to be amazing. Everything about their band is perfection, from the harmony to the catchy tunes. This will be incredible.

Sophomore Slump

Far be it from me to cast stones at the objectivity of this band's fans (and I am one)....but did you listen to the same album that I did? From the content of your reviews...it doesnt appear that your review has anything to do with your thoughts after some critical listening quality time with Lets Be Still. So let me give some actual feedback to those considering a purchase....

My first thought....boring. Lots of meandering, slow songs with piano....piano...and more piano. I have read interviews that say they "explored the possibilities of the studio and a myriad of instruments. I would love it if I could actually hear it...but I dont. I hear piano. The imagery of rivers, valleys, hopping trains, and ghosts....are replaced with prose so cliche' I cant remember anything meaningful. Harmonies? Where are the lush vocal harmonies from the first album? The spirited call and response , male / female vocal interplay? Nowhere.

If you have seen them live (and I have seen them 5 times), you know how energetic they are...and what great shows they consistently deliver. They are excellent musicians and fine live performers...but I dont hear any energy....I hear a few decent songs...and a lot of filler. I also hear a different production/mixing vibe that was not flattering....but all of this is the inevitable comparison back to the very high standard they set with their first album. This would be a mediocre effort for a new band trying to establish themselves...but I expected a lot more from these guys and gals. I am still a huge fan....but I am a huge fan that refuses to gush uncontrollably about this effort. I am sure they will come back better than ever....but I say this is a swing and a miss. Peace....

Biography

Formed: 2009 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Formed in Seattle by a group of northwestern transplants, the Head and the Heart is an indie folk band whose influences include Americana, country-rock, and classic Beatlesque pop. The lineup came together in 2009, when songwriters Jonathan Russell and Josiah Johnson met at an open mike event at Seattle's Conor Byrne Pub. Pianist Kenny Hensley, bassist Chris Zasche, violinist Charity Rose Thielen, and former Prabir & the Substitutes drummer Tyler Williams rounded out the roster, and the Head...
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