living mirage

The Head and the Heart

‘Living Mirage’

Released: May 17, 2019

Label: Warner Bros. Records

On the heels of bands like the Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons, the Head and the Heart arrived into the folk-rock scene at just the right time.

Fast-forward 10 years and the Head and the Heart have headed down a different path entirely. Fans looking for the folksy rock they fell in love with will be disappointed by the clean, heavily produced fourth record, “Living Mirage.”

“See You Through My Eyes” and “Missed Connection” are arguably the album’s weakest. Gone are the idiosyncrasies that colored the group’s early work.

The Head and the Heart are the strongest with songs like “Glory of Music,” where the production is stripped back and the raw vocals shine through.

The album has some other moments of brilliance, but they seem fleeting or lost among a collection of songs.

KEY CUTS: “Glory of Music”

-Ragan Clark, Associated Press

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