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It wasn't that long ago that the six members of The Head And The Heart were playing on Seattle street corners attempting to attract the attention of passersby. Virginia native Jonathan Russell and California transplant Josiah Johnson formed the core songwriting partnership, which was rounded out by drummer Tyler Williams, keyboardist Kenny Hensley, vocalist/violinist Charity Rose Thielen and bassist Chris Zasche. That unbridled energy informed their debut album for hometown label Sub Pop, becoming one of the label's best-selling debut releases. The now-seasoned group finds a few new ways to elaborate on its makeout-ready mountain music with 'Let's Be still'. The band pads its juke-hall country with Roxy Music synths on "Summer Time," and "Homecoming Heroes" has a bit of Elliott Smith's major-to-minor chord quirks. Some tracks, such as "Shake," hew a little close to their original formula while a song like "Cruel" has a clear melody and strong enough delivery to almost make a play at mainstream country radio.
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