The Seattle six-piece tackle big subjects in glossy Americana style
You can’t blame The Head And The Heart for sticking with the familiar on their second album: the Seattle six-piece sold 10,000 copies of their self-titled debut before topping 300,000 when Sub Pop re-released it in 2011. Though ‘Let’s Be Still’ is more countrified and pensive (subjects include the Sandy Hook school shooting, broken families and soldiers returning from war), the same template remains. This is glossy Americana, mixing The Avett Brothers with Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros, its piano- and violin-led crescendos emulating old-timey grandeur. But lines like, “With your boots of Spanish leather and my hat knit out of yarn” (on ‘Josh McBride’) prove that in earnestly recycling the past, depth can be hard to come by.