The Head And The Heart
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The Head And The Heart

December 16, 2010

  Song Title
Cats And Dogs
Couer D'alene
Down In The Valley
Rivers And Roads
Honey Come Home
Lost In My Mind
Winter Song
Sounds Like Hallelujah
Heaven Go Easy On Me

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: December 16, 2010
  • Release Date: December 16, 2010
  • Label: Sub Pop Records
  • Copyright: 2011 Sub Pop Records
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  • Total Length: 39:35
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  • ASIN: B004ID9KGU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #677 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars... Strong debut album June 13, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Let me admit upfront that I had not heard this band until I heard their CD played at my local indie record store here in Cincinnati. I was really impressed with the quality of the tracks I heard then, and so I bought the CD. Am I glad I did! The Head and the Heart hail from Seattle, where in 2010 they self-released this debut album. Based on the strong buzz that followed the band shortly thereafter, the album was re-released on the Sub Pop lable in early 2011 (with one new track "River and Roads").

"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!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great pop folk, even better live June 8, 2011
By Jason L
Format:MP3 Music
Stumbled across this band when I saw the advertising video for this Year's Doe Bay Fest. Very solid album for a premiere album. Like other reviews have said, the album has a cohesive sound, with songs flowing one into another. The sound stays consistent across the album. If you like one of the songs you'll probably like them all. Its hard for me to identify a favorite.

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.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
My tastes in music do NOT reflect my age. I'm 14, and my favorite bands are Pink Floyd, The Beatles, The Who, Pink Floyd again, etc. Recently, though, I decieded to try and find some GOOD mondern music( No rap, bubblegum, speed metal, or the like). Then I found the Black Keys. I loved it, and they became one of my favorite bands. Then I stumbled across My Morning Jacket. After that, I knew that good music was still being made. But, I still haden't heard anything that was up to par with the music of the 60s, 70s, and EARLY 80s. Then, my Dubstep crazy friend said something I'll never forget: "Hey, based on the music you listen to, I think you'll like this." It was The Head and the Heart, and my love for them began. With James Taylor sounding acoustic riffs, two AMAZING singers(the woman sounds like Joni Mitchell), lyrics with THOUGHT, and the fact that they were powerful without a heavy electric sound, they quickly and easily capured a spot in my brain( and my heart) usually reserved for 70s Rock Giants. Here are my thoughts on each track, Which I HOPE you all take the time to at least Sample:

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.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my newest obsession January 13, 2011
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Discovered this band very recently and haven't been able to get them out of my head. Really catchy with broad sound and great harmonies. They are being talked about all over the place. I've seen articles and reviews grouping them with other awesome musicians like The Avett Brothers, Bon Iver, and Crosby Stills Nash and Young. Look them up! You won't be sorry. Can't wait to see where they go from here.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! January 20, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I first heard this band when they opened for Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds in Las Vegas in Dec 10 and then again on the 11th 2010.They are amazing live. I immediately got the cd and I havent been able to stop listening to it. I highly recommend this cd.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best band your not listening too. October 30, 2010
Format:MP3 Music
This album is just one of those albums that sticks to your ribs. Just as soon as you fall into the melodies, it tosses a left hook that is nothing short of a sucker punch, catching you totally off guard and bringing a new layer of pepperminty freshness to an already fresh songs. All in all, its nothing short of a revelation.
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a Great Album
I love everything these guys do. "Let's Be Still" is also an amazing album. Got it autographed by the band, I just can't say enough good things about this band. Read more
Published 1 day ago by ian m ramirez
4.0 out of 5 stars Good CD
This CD is very good. I'm not a fan of every song as I am with the second CD but still glad I bought this one. Worth the money.
Published 22 days ago by bookfilmlovr
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite bands
I often surf the net looking for outstanding music from indie bands. This way I have discovered people like Richard Hawley. James Grant. Read more
Published 25 days ago by John M. W. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly Welcome!!!!
Loved the arrangements, top grade musicians and would love to see them live and I look forward to their next project.
Published 1 month ago by Joann Moroni
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything I wanted and more.
I originally purchased this album after hearing "Down in the Valley" and I am not disappointed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by stephanie
5.0 out of 5 stars liked it
great sound, similar to Mumford and Son and Of Men and Monsters. definitely recommend to people who like those groups
Published 1 month ago by arlene s.
5.0 out of 5 stars NW Royalty
We've seen this band in concert a few times. We are not their demographic but anyone will enjoy their folky, pop music.
It's irresistable.
Published 3 months ago by sue walla
2.0 out of 5 stars Wishful Hoping
A bit disappointed in the message and lyrics....maybe a bit too edgy for my generation. Appreciated the gift of diversity, simply not my taste. Read more
Published 3 months ago by robbi kelly
1.0 out of 5 stars not that great for me
idk I got this as a suggestion based on civil wars, but find it doesn't really suit my taste. would not buy
Published 3 months ago by damian drennen
4.0 out of 5 stars intense in a differnt way
these guys are new-age alt/folk. A lumineers meets mumford and sons kind of sound. but they bring in the female vocals and it is really something cool. Read more
Published 3 months ago by buckeyede06
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