The Head and the Heart - The Head and the Heart
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  • Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Genre(s): Folk, Americana, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Folk
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. If they stick to the melodic folk at the core of their best songs, that fateful open-mic night could be the beginning of something really great.
  2. May 25, 2011
    80
    Hardly groundbreaking, but heartfelt all the same. [May 2011, p.116]
  3. 80
    If well-crafted folk-pop leaves you feeling lukewarm, by all means join the naysayers; otherwise, I'll be on the side of those dancing and singing along.
  4. May 25, 2011
    70
    For all the humming and picking, the songs feel too similar to each other to hold interest throughout.
  5. May 25, 2011
    50
    More problematic are the melodies and the songs themselves; they strive for rousing resonance, a deep sense of loss, but often settle for pat prettiness and easy sentimentality.
  6. Sep 13, 2011
    40
    There's potential in the chemistry, but no daring.
  7. May 25, 2011
    38
    Conceptually, they're close to Mumford & Sons: opportunistic in their borrowings, yet entirely unimaginative in the execution. Theirs is a thoroughly timid, tentative take on Americana: roots music without the roots.

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  1. Dec 10, 2013
    0
    Repetitive and derivative., but at least it's repetitive.

    Over sentimental, overly borrowed, overly styled, overly lacking in content. I'm
    sure there's someone trying on a tight fitting grey pleather jacket and seeing which pouty face goes with it and I'm sure this person likes the band and would make an impassioned argument against my claims. If it wasn't for the uninspired live performance I may have kept said opinion to myself. But sister, this is a cruel world and some people are gonna knock the stuff you like. And sister, sometimes they're right. Expand