Words by Amy Giubilo

Just in time for the fall and winter months, The Head and the Heart have released their sophomore album, Let’s Be Still, a warm and fuzzy array of beautifully harmonized songs. And if you haven’t already picked it up, you certainly are missing out.

So what makes this sophomore album different than their previous self-titled LP? For one, Let’s Be Still shows what two years on the road (with countless incredible acts) can do to a band’s sound. Josiah Johnson (vocals, guitar, percussion), Jonathan Russell (vocals, guitar, percussion), Charity Rose Thielen (violin, vocals), Chris Zasche (bass), Kenny Hensley (piano), and Tyler Williams (drums) have grown more into their music, both instrumentally and lyrically.

‘Cruel’ pulls you in with both Josiah and Jonathan starting off the track. Lyrics like “Everywhere I turn there seems to be another war/ We’ll come out of this/ out of this,” build the progression before the song ends with the captivating words “Tried being cruel/ It’s just not in me/ it’s just not in you.” Already, your heart is pulled into the music. You have become emotionally invested and have no desire for the album to end.

‘Fire/Fear’ has such an incredibly bluesy vibe, especially as the guitar climbs up and down in place of a chorus. Its chilling story and gripping lyrics such as “You never had much to lose/ So I’m blaming you for these hopeless blues” take hold before the song ends with “I want to feel the fear again/with you or anybody else/So what to do/What to do?” Those questions will stay with you throughout your day.

To say that this follow-up album has met its expectations would be an understatement. Let’s Be Still is raw, genuine, and exactly what we need from these Seattle folk rockers. With other highlights like ‘Another Story’, ‘Shake’, ‘Let’s Be Still’, and ‘Summertime’, you will be sure to fall head over heels for The Head and The Heart.

The Head and The Heart
“Let’s Be Still”
Sub Pop Records
© October 15th, 2013



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