The Head and the Heart Prepare for Liftoff [Album Review]

by Woody on January 8, 2011

I first caught wind of The Head and The Heart on KEXP last summer. I made a mental note to buy the album, but promptly forgot about it and moved on with my life, seemingly happy without The Head and the Heart in my life. Alas, they appeared on NPR’s site recently and I decided that there was indeed a void in my life without The Head and The Heart in it.

This Seattle sextet has now been added to the soundtrack of my life and my immediate reaction was to compare them to another Northwest outfit, Blind Pilot from Portland. Like Blind Pilot, The Head and the Heart play a textured sort of Americana and one of their lead singers (either Josiah Johnson or Jon Russell) sounds awfully like Israel Nebeker.

Two tunes in the middle of the album are just stellar. “Down In The Vally” and “Honey Come Home” blend the aforementioned Blind Pilot with keys that feel influenced by The Avett Brothers and they are a perfect pair, one following the other.

Already buzzing in Seattle and recently signed to Sub Pop, you’ll surely hear an endless amount about The Head and The Heart as their star rises this year. Oz and I listened to this one or two times when we were compiling our top 50 albums of 2010 and immediately knew it belonged. Truth be told, it belongs higher than our ranking.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

allison January 10, 2011 at 3:28 pm

where did you dl the album? i am dieing to own it immediately!

Woody January 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm


Adam January 10, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Good to see these guys getting bigger. Really fantastic stuff. You need to get them here to Chicago for a show and a session.

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