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EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

739 Ratings

THATH is well deserving! Excellent!

MSURunner,

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!

Sophomore Slump

GQNelly,

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....

About The Head and the Heart

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 and the Heart spent the first half of 2010 touring the Pacific Northwest before self-releasing their eponymous debut in June. By the end of the summer, they'd created enough buzz in the Pacific Northwest to entertain offers from several record labels, eventually signing with Sub Pop that fall and reissuing their album -- this time with remastered tracks and one new song -- in early 2011.

The Head and the Heart spent much of their time on tour during 2012 and subsequently began the writing process for their second album while they were on the road. The bandmembers eventually returned to Seattle to record their sophomore release, 2013's Let's Be Still. Enjoying continued success, they moved from Sub Pop to Warner Bros. and, after taking a break to recharge their creative batteries, returned to the studio and recorded their third full-length album (and first major-label release), Signs of Light. The album was released on September 9, 2016 with Stinson Beach Sessions, a collection of unreleased demos from the making of Signs of Light, arriving the following year. ~ Andrew Leahey

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