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on December 8, 2012
This album is fantastic -- my new favorite. Their musical style suits every mood. I was a bit apprehensive about purchasing an album with a smoking goat on the cover art, but the smoking goat can sing.
The Head and The Heart are from Seattle, and the culture of Seattle is evident in their music. The lyrics resonate with this generation, the longings of our souls, our wandering feet that are held only by the force of gravity. We lack the historic commitment of our ancestors, which gives us freedom but also an instability that needs to be voiced. "I wish I was a slave with an age-old trade, like riding around on railcars and working long days" -- the yearning for stability but unwillingness to take the risk of giving up the lifestyle of freedom -- "Lord, have mercy on my rough and rowdy ways... We do it over and over and over again".
The connection with the lyrics is a connection with your head. The connection with the beauty of the music is a connection with your heart. The instrumentals and vocals complement each other impeccably -- neither one overpowers the other, and the harmonization is a thing of beauty. It is both inspiring and nostalgic, strong and wistful. This meeting-place of the gamut of man's experiences makes this album one of the most resonant of our generation.