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Let's Be Still

The Head and the Heart

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Album Review

Recorded in Seattle, Washington and mixed in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the sophomore outing from rags to riches indie folk collective Head and the Heart sounds like the product of two coast lines. The band’s 2011 debut introduced an unpretentious, musically astute gang of pub-spawned troubadours who liked their country soft and their rock & roll pretty, and the lush and languid Let’s Be Still doubles down on that esthetic, offering up a 13-track road trip of a record that’s built on a foundation of breezy West Coast pop and propelled by easy, East Coast Americana. The group’s predilection for heartfelt, Avett Brothers-meets-Fleet Foxes roots rock is apparent right out of the gate with “Homecoming Heroes” and “Another Story,” both of which utilize familiar folk-rock architecture to spin earnest and familiar tales concerning the two body parts from which the group takes its name. Both are lovely, especially the latter with its falsetto-led refrain of “can we go on like it once was,” a sentiment that could just as easily apply to a band experiencing the growing pains of fame as it does a pair of pained young lovers, but Let’s Be Still engages the most when it tiptoes outside of its comfort zone. Both the propulsive “Summertime,” with its ELO-inspired intro “Springtime,” the floor board-breaking boot-stomper “Shake,” and the amiable, Fleetwood Mac-kissed title cut suggest a band that’s more than capable of breaking out of their NPR-approved shell — even largely forgettable cuts like “Cruel” and the psych-tinged “10,0000 Weight in Gold” harbor moments of mad glee, but despite its best efforts, Let’s Be Still mostly resonates on a superficial level, albeit a warm and inviting one.

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.

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Unlike everyone who just says how great the head and the heart is without have heard the album they're reviewing I'll tell you how it actually is. Got the album a little early last Friday been listening to it since. Definitely the same quality as their first album and has the replay ability. I haven't found my favorite song yet, but definitely is worth the money!

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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