H.C. McEntire – LIONHEART (Album Review)

by Woody on January 31, 2018

LIONHEART sees Heather McEntire stepping out on our own after three magnificent albums with Mount Moriah. With Kathleen Hanna providing the spark to make this record, McEntire enlisted the help of Phil Cook, William Tyler, Angel Olsen among others and the results are fantastic.

Like Mount Moriah, the album is rooted in Americana. The album opens up with A Lamb, A Dove. The tune explores her sexuality in a gospel-themed track; an oxymoron in the traditional country music scene. In today’s time, tracks that ring true with lines “I have found heaven in a woman’s touch. are the pillars we need to carry on. It is an inspired choice to open the album. A couple tunes later, McEntire strikes a more defiant tone with Yellow Roses, in that she wants to be recognized and accepted for her true self.

LIONHEART reminds me of another Merge artist, Hiss Golden Messenger. Both of these artists come across as spiritual without being judgy or preachy; they look to see the good in the world through all the negativity and conflict. That takes a considerable amount of introspection and I’d imagine that it isn’t easy, but with both the results are always stunning.

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