As an avid listener of their debut, self-titled album, I was slightly cautious about their second outing. Never forgetting that first love 'The Head and the Heart' have been cemented in my heart ever since, with the second album now under the belt I was fearful of such love being tarnished... Oh how more wrong I could have been.
Admittedly it has taken a few listens for me to warm to this unluckily numbered (argue amongst yourselves) thirteen track record, but as the lyrics have become branded on my brain it has only has become ever prevalent that the band have outdone themselves, taking a masterpiece and improving on it with depth and vigor; I can't get enough.
A level of maturity has come through in their writing that, although present in the past, has excelled in this case, taking the joyful, playful melodies of before and imbuing them with the melancholic verses of a more confident and growing band. Standout tracks include 'Cruel' and 'Fire / Fear'.
The album has only furthered my love for a band that is a breath of fresh air. I wholeheartedly recommend this album and personally cannot wait for what they come up with next.
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The Head and The Heart have done what I feared would be impossible. They have matched their fantastic debut album, with a sophomore album that shows their growing maturity as a band. As with all good albums, this one is a grower, each listen reveals another brilliant track. The vibe is slightly more mellow than their last album, but they rock out on a few tracks still. It's difficult to pick standout tracks as their are many, but Homecoming Heroes, Another Story, Josh Mcbride, Let's Be Still, 10,000 Weight in Gold, These Days are Numbered and Gone, all spring to mind. I seem to have named most of the album, but I guess that shows how good it is. Join the growing band of people who follow this amazing band, you won't regret it.