Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Album Review: Stinson Beach Sessions by The Head and the Heart

In 2016 The Head and the Heart came out with their third studio album and their first on a major label, Signs of Light. They followed this up a year later with the Stinson Beach Sessions which are some of the demos for the Signs of Light album and the B sides. I put two videos up for this album. The first is the version of "City of Angels" off of Stinson Beach Sessions, the second is the one off of Signs of Light.

I have to say I've heard the name of this band, but that's about it as far as I recall and I find this to be a bit odd. If an album is hugely successful or you're looking back over the career of a band I get a demos album. But if you've put out your first album with your new label, and on top of that it's a big change as you jump into pop and I would say a stadium sound, why follow that up with an album that pretty much undercuts what you just did. Sure your old fans will love it, but what does it tell them? Who are you now as a band? It just strikes me as a bit odd. Perhaps they had a two album deal with Warner and this gets them out of it.

Anyhow it's a nice sound and a good collection of eight songs and you can easily throw it on as background for most things. There isn't anything on here that grabbed me. Following the Rhapsody rating method I give it 2 out of 5 stars for Not Bad.

1 comment:

  1. I wonder what the critics are saying about the introduction of the HP podcast in relation to the arc of the podcast.