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Head & the Heart
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So many decisions in life and in the music we love can come down to a critical tug between the logic in our heads and the hot red blood beating through our hearts. Seattle's The Head And The Heart live authentically in that crux, finding joy and beauty wedged there. Their music pulses effervescently both explosively danceable and intuitively intelligent. With Americana roots and strong vocal harmonics that swell like a river, this band finds its anchor in solid songwriting that has even the jaded humming along by the second listen.
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The music is relaxing and catchy...very catchy.
At first I only liked the first, forth and seventh tracks..
but after having listened to it for a while the whole thing is unforgettable. The female voice is so sweet and clear...I hope their next CD has more of her.
That said, as a band they require substantial growth to be considered "great": e.g., more song-writing consistency and less reliance on the "pop"-like arrangements.
So the promise of this band may be a "5", the actual disc is a 3.5 in my books. It is the promise that makes me cheer on their further development as artists.
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"The Head and the Heart" (10 tracks; 40 min.) finds it roots in folk and Americana, and as such shines. From the opener "Cats and Dogs" the album feels like an old friend that you have come to (re)appreciate. Singers/songwriters Jossiah Johnson and Jonathan Russell are the focal point of the band, with rich and warm voices. They are aptly supported by 4 more band members (bass; piano; violin; and drums). "Down in the Valley" is a pensive tune immediately that reminded me of Ryan Adams "Heartbreaker"-era, and he probably wishes he could write a song like "Down in the Valley" nowadays. "River and Roads" is another dramatic tune, done beautifully. "Honey Come Home" is another favorite track of mine on here, with great lyrics like "I think of all this time we've wasted with our fighting and I cry/I just wanna die with the one I love beside me", wow. "Sounds Like Hallelujah" is one of the more exuberant songs on here. The closer is "Heaven Go Easy On Me", and as the title implies, a perfect way to round out the album.
In all, this is a strong debut album, and at a crisp 40 min., you'll find yourself playing this again and again. I had the opportunity to catch these guys live this past weekend, and they put on a great set, bringing most of the albums's tracks. I think they are probably just living out of a suitcase as I just read they'll be back here again for another show in August. Meanwhile, "The Head and the Heart" is highly recommended!
All three main singers have interesting voice and they harmonize frequently. Good melodies, catchy riffs, excellent harmonies are all there. One of the things I like best is the focus of their lyrics, which seem to be mostly on relationships, friendships, family, and longing for meaning in life. This is not another angsty album about lost love, but has more mature and positive themes.
And go see them live. The album doesn't do justice to their live show.
1. Cats and Dogs- 7/10 The weakest track on the album, but still amazing!!! Other than this, the album is practically flawless. This basically serves as an intro to Coeur D'Alene.
2. Coeur D'Alene- 9/10 I enjoy the soaring first half but its ALL good. This may be the only track where I hear SOME electric guitar. " Oh the things people will do for the ones that thet love "
3. Ghosts- 9.5/10 I feel like this could have been better as a slow acoustic guitar driven song. The lyrics are still powerful, but with that Swing-era sounding piano, it almost sounds Joke-ey.
4. Down in the Valley- 10/10 The 3rd best song on the album. Its about here when this won "album of the decade" for me. The acoustic guitar really shows how much skill this band has. The lyrics may be the most powerful on the whole album. I truely think that this is their signiture tune.
5. Rivers and Roads- 10/10 This song was added after the album was re-released on a Legit label(Sup-Pop). Its here where the female vocalist really shines. She belts out the last note until it slows and softens.A classic concert closer.
6.Honey Come Home- 10/10 This is a classic "Please Forgive Me" song, but it adds so much pure sorrow that its a beast all its own. The happy sounding tune masks the depressive lyrics. Lyrically, its the saddest song on the album. "I just wanna die with the one I love beside me"
7. Lost In My Mind- 10/10 Another song you've probably heard. It may have the catchiest chorus on the whole album. This is another one with THATH all over it.
8. Winter Song- 9.9/10 The female vocalist's other big song. The guitar reminds me of James Taylor. Its also kind of sad. Why did I take away 0.1? I wish it were longer.
9. Sound like Hallelujah- 11/10 The crown jewel of the album. I love the very Gospel-like sound, and I dare all listeners NOT to clap during the Chorus. Its not possible. This strikes of a song about finally believing. If they only recorded this song, their status as one of the best bands ever would still be set in stone.
10- Heaven Go Easy On Me- If any song could come close to topping "Sounds like Hallelujah," its this. I spent a long time trying to decide which was my favorite. Long Story Short, its still very close. The Perfect Album Closer.
In Short, if the Head and the Heart can ever top this album, They truely are the bringers of a new age in music.
I look forward to seeing them live June 30. To shorten this whole review: BUY THE DANG ALBUM ALREADY, and don't miss out on a band with great things in store.
God Bless You,
I have mentioned to several people that 2010 has fallen unbearably short in amazing music. Sure, there has been a couple quality albums, but only two spectacular (Wakey!Wakey!'s "Almost Everything I'd Wish I'd Said The Last Time I Saw You" & The Tallest Man On Earth's "The Wild Hunt") but overall, the year has been a scattershot of ok. And, not to put pressure on the band, but I put a lot of eggs in their basket to resurrect the year, and so far they exceeded all my expectations. Pick up this album, it is amazing.