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Head or Heart

Christina Perri Audio CD
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really good songs May 9 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The sound of the album is really good and different from the previous one. However, I like buying my albums on cds since I love listening to it while watching the "paper" the first time, but this one was very decieving. There's no work at all on the looks and it isn't worth buying the cd. I recommand to buy it on mp3 only.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I choose Heart! April 3 2014
By Shane - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I’m one of those fans that was anticipating the return of Christina Perri, with her addictive indie flow and that versatile and meaningful music. This woman deserves more recognition for her art and I’m pleased to be able to not only listen to her sophomore album, but to write a review as well. No bias. Just appreciation for authentic sound that needs to be appreciated.

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Love that gritty feeling that plunges in with the opening guitar strings in Trust. Then once the melodies hook you, Christina leaps in with these skin-tingling vocals. What I enjoy about her sound is not only the subtleness, where the songs aren’t overdone with all these instruments or beats in the background, but I love her clarity and ability to connect on a unique level. Trust is almost like a part two to Jar of Hearts. It certainly plays on that ache and moving on from it, because Christina sings about learning to trust and knowing that its hard but she has to move on from it.

Burning Gold picks up the tempo and is all about empowerment and knowing when to say goodbye to the things that hurt and won’t uplift you.

Be My Forever is a wonderfully sweet and romantic duet with Ed Sheeran. This song is already a fan favorite and is garnering lots of attention for its flowy harmonies, catchy hook, and groovy beat. I also love that happy go lucky vibe depicted throughout the song, and towards the end you actually hear some laughter. It gives you this warm, fuzzy feeling inside and you’ll keep listening and remembering it even after you close your eyes. Love it.

When I heard Human, I was like whoa! Christina Perri is back! I absolutely love this song and cannot get enough of it. This song is always on blast when I put it on and that has been every day since its release. Such a beautiful production with heartfelt and realistic lyrics, not to mention there’s so much energy that derives from every aspect of the song. These are the kind of songs I want to hear playing on the radio. Something of purpose and deep, substantial meaning.

While the previous brought us back down a tad to a more mellow vibe, One Night brings it up a notch. This song has so much going for it, including metaphoric terms of what Christina wants to represent in her relationship. Love the backing addlibs and sensual she sounds. It’s a more intimate track I would say. I like it, but need a few more listens to really fall in love with it.

Okay, the power returns in I Don’t Wanna Break. Love the rush it sends through my body. The musical arrangement is just phenomenal. This is most definitely in contention to become a single as well. It’s solid and can stand on its own, especially among a generation who loves to dance. The song is about going through everything together; loving, living, breaking together. Great message. Great song.

Sea of Lovers is the next ballad on the album. Breathtaking. Invigorating. Thought-provoking. It gives you all the emotional feels you can think of. Christina’s lyrics are as poetic as ever. They tug at the heart. I think this is a perfect transition from the previous because its also about not letting go. Such a sweet love song.

For some reason, I keep waiting to hear maybe a downfall or a track that just doesn’t fit on the album and sounds like filter, but I can’t find that. It’s magnificent production so far, especially when The Words come in. Another ballad, yet even more powerful than the previous. I think the haunting strings are what really captivate me in the beginning. It opens up my heart and mind and make me want to soak in whatever comes next, which is absolute bliss. Once again, no abundant of instruments or effects, its just the singer, her piano, and violin. If the ballads were about love and the depth of it, this one takes that up to a much higher level. It’s a spine-chilling dedication to someone who means the world to her. This is the anthem for couples. In my opinion, its about honesty and moving forward.

Lonely Child springs forth the groovy segment of the album. Love the latin influence in this alternative rock, pop song. At first I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about the track when the beat first came in. Then once the artist brought forth those catchy verses and addictive hook, I was filled with an uncontrollable rhythm and I couldn’t help but dance. Those guitar riffs during the breakdown is the highlight of the song. I love the sexy appeal and laid back arrangement. It makes me want to come back for seconds.

Run captures that gritty and fierce persona I first heard in Jar of Hearts. When she takes off during the second first, I felt every emotion. I was like man, Christina Perri means business. The song is relaxed in the way it is arranged, but electrifying in all sense. Love the words. Love the concept. Love the dramatic production because it emphasizes on the purpose of the track.

The journey continues with the celestial Butterfly. It sounds like a fairytale; I envision the artist walking through a field as she sings from the bottom of her heart, about making mistakes and learning form them. The choir-like harmonies are melancholy and represents the beauty of butterflies. It’s bittersweet in a way, because even though the song is called butterfly, the words tell a story about a guy who uses lines to try to win her over and may eventually hurt her, but Christina is smart and already sees beneath his charms. Once again, good message.

So throughout the album, I heard a story of the ups and down of love. In Shot Me in the Heart, the relationship is over. He’s broken her heart and she’s done with him. Christina sings about doing her best and investing a lot into her love. She’s at a lost at how it ended up going downhill, but she only wants him to leave her alone because he’s really done a number on her heart. I like how she makes the music playful, yet the words are sad. If anything, the uptempo music arrangement is take away from the sorrow ballad the song could have been instead.

The album concludes with the powerful number, I believe. It makes you feel like rising again after being down and low after a period of time. It’s good to believe things will get better and do the best you can to achieve all you want and do what you want. There’s also a message to hang on when you think you absolutely can’t. Christina’s saying she’s with you, has experienced that low as well, and you’ll get through it like she did. My gosh the lyrics are deep and honest. You really feel that message when it gets to the bridge she carries us out with ”This is not the end of me, this is the beginning…” true words indeed. There’s no way you can dislike such a song. I see another single here. Superb way to wrap up a well-delivered and magnificently constructed album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Follow Up Album!~ April 1 2014
By Shane - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Last year I was lucky enough to see Christina Perri live as she was the opening act for Jason Mraz. I didn't really know who she was at the time, but after seeing her and hearing her, I was a fan! She is GREAT! This album is a fantastic and beautiful album from the talented Christina Perri. Well worth buying, just as good if not better than her first album. Every song on the cd has melody, structure and they all seem to flow together beautifuly. They are all very well written, too, and they each have a story to tell. There's not a bad song on the whole cd! Probably my favorite song so far is "burning gold." The cd has a really pleasant, natural melodic flow to it, and Christiana's beautiful voice always conveys just the emotion she's looking for. All in all, if you liked her first cd, this one is a must have as well! Great!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Haunting: Another great addition April 1 2014
By Kathryn England - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This CD has grown on me. At first I only had a handful of songs I liked, but after listening to it a few times it's become a favorite. It is a bit different from her first. But Christina Perri always tells the truth through her songs. She's honest. And she has a great voice. I can't wait to see her live on the 26th! This CD is beautiful and haunting, you'll find yourself humming it at random times.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Voice- Fantastic Album! April 1 2014
By Bookaholic - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you haven't discovered Christina Perri yet, it's time. While nothing can quite equal her live performances (She's on tour now- April 2014, definitely go see her!) Her voice is truly unique and haunting, you can feel the emotion in every note she sings. Plus she's an inspired song writer- beautiful lyrics and melodies you'll be humming along to all day.

If you loved her first album, you'll love this album more. If you don't have her first album, what are you waiting for? Stop reading and go buy it. Now!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection! April 1 2014
By Sara - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have loved Christina from the beginning. Her first album was beautiful and she is amazing in concert, but for those thinking this CD is more full of more ballads, which is her wheelhouse, she breaks new ground on this CD and has a mix of songs that are all great. Usually listen to samples before I buy a cd, but this was a no brainer for me. Great new stuff!
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