|MEMBERS:||JOSIAH JOHNSON - VOCALS, GUITAR, PERCUSSION|
|JONATHAN RUSSELL - VOCALS, GUITAR, PERCUSSION|
|CHARITY ROSE THIELEN - VIOLIN, VOCALS|
|CHRIS ZASCHE - BASS|
|KENNY HENSLEY - PIANO|
|TYLER WILLIAMS - DRUMS|
FROM: SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
SOUND: INDIE FOLK/INDIE POP
The first single to be taken from the album, 'Shake', is one of the few tracks with a real synergy with their earlier music. This upbeat harmony-laiden tune is one sure to stay with you, with its thoroughly addictive drum beat and underlying electric guitar.
'Homecoming Heroes' is a worthy opening track to the album, bringing a riotous rebellion song, while further on, 'Josh McBride' is a soft and sombre tune, banjo gently plucked and guitar lightly strummed. There's also the oddly-fitting yet inevitably addictive 'Summertime', where the distinctive feminine vocals of Charity Rose Thielen take the reins for the song's entirety.
Perhaps because of my love affair with The Head And The Heart, I'm a harsh judge on this new material. My biggest apprehension is that it lacks the optimistic beauty the first album so unashamedly contained. The raw, energetic feel once so utterly essential has been diluted; its force is not as flattening and its resound is not as lasting.
There is talent bursting from this collection of six musicians rarely displayed in modern music.
Though let's be honest, this is all pedantic nit-picking. Like an overbearing parent to their tyrannised child, I push the bar higher for this band because I care. As a stand-alone album, this is an entirely satisfactory offering. What has stayed with the group is its rough feel; hearing the music of The Head And The Heart is like hearing them live. There is talent bursting from this collection of six musicians rarely displayed in modern music.
Inevitably, the music of The Head And The Heart will grow on you. Given the chance, their unique sound and clever song-writing can win over even the most indifferent listener. The album 'Let's Be Still' may be a side-step from their older material, but it still offers the chance to escape into a world of folk harmonies and enchanting melodies.
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