The Head and the Heart explore the wide range of emotions that come along with two years of transformation and self-discovery in the midst of a global pandemic with their sprawling new album, Every Shade Of Blue. At sixteen songs in length, the album clocks in at just under an hour full of powerful, vulnerable, genre-defying songs that showcase the sonic and personal growth that The Head and the Heart have experienced in the past few years.
Finding the band further dipping their toes into the pop world, Every Shade Of Blue continues to swap folk and roots sounds with bright synth, groovy bass and catchy as hell choruses. But that’s not to say that The Head and the Heart have lost their soul. Instead, Every Shade Of Blue seems to tap into the core of the band and their emotions more than ever before. While still paying homage to their roots, Every Shade Of Blue provides listeners with a dreamy soundscape of stunning visuals, driven by creative instrumentals and some of the band’s best vocal work to date.
Cinematic and dripping with emotion, Every Shade Of Blue starts on a high note with the lush title track, and it only gets more exciting from there. The powerful lyricism in songs like the beautifully tender “Tiebreaker”, which finds the band exclaiming, “I can’t believe I almost went my whole life without you in it,” or “Same Hurt”, which pleads, “I wanna be something to you” is a driving factor throughout the entire album. Paired with The Head and the Heart’s iconic vocal harmonies, these songs are sure to tug at your heartstrings or leave you wondering how they managed to put exactly what you were feeling into words. Even the final song, “GTFU” feels like the perfect closer, insisting, “This is not the way this story has to end.”
Sonically, Every Shade Of Blue is easily the band’s most exciting and inventive release, as well. The album finds The Head and the Heart exploring poppier sounds on songs like “Shut Up” and massive rock ballads on “Enemy Lines”, but they are also quick to slow things down, proving that they haven’t forgotten where they came from in songs like “Virginia (Wind In The Night)”, the intimate, finger-plucked, “Love We Make” or the gorgeous piano driven track, “Taking My Time (Wrong Woman)”.
While sixteen songs might seem daunting at first, (there has to be some filler in there, right?) it’s clear that the band took great care in crafting the album, and there really isn’t one “throwaway” or “filler” song throughout the entire track list. The band makes the most of the massive real estate on Every Shade Of Blue, which allows them to further expand on their already dynamic sound, proving that they’re capable of just about anything.