Head Down (Rival Sons album)

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Head Down
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Studio album by Rival Sons
Released Sept 17, 2012
Recorded 2011-2012
Genre Blues rock, hard rock
Length 56:19
Label Earache
Producer Dave Cobb
Rival Sons chronology
Pressure & Time
(2011)Pressure & Time2011
Head Down
Great Western Valkyrie
(2014)Great Western Valkyrie2014
Singles from Head Down
  1. "Until the Sun Comes"
    Released: September 17, 2012
  2. "Keep On Swinging"
    Released: December 6, 2012
  3. "Manifest Destiny Pt. 1"
    Released: April 20, 2013
  4. "You Want To"
    Released: August 26, 2013
  5. "Wild Animal"
    Released: 2013

Head Down is the third studio album by the blues rock band Rival Sons. The album was released on September 17, 2012 in the UK and was released in the rest of Europe on September 14, 2012.[1] It is the last Rival Sons album recorded by the original line-up, prior to bass player Robin Everhart's departure in August 2013.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
BBC positive[3]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[4]
Metal-Temple 8/10 stars[5]

Head Down has been met with mostly positive reviews. William Clark of Guitar International wrote, "Rival Sons have rocketed back on to our radar with their new album, Head Down, and despite the title it shows the band heading nowhere but up."[6] Greg Moffitt of BBC praised the band for their craftsmanship of 60s and 70s blues and hard rock music reminiscent of Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and The Doors, saying that the album "honours half a century of classic rock with reverence, respect and the realisation that this music’s still happening, right now."[3] AllMusic's Jon O'Brien admired the collaboration between the band and Dave Cobb for bringing "a sense of adventure" to their recreation of the Zeppelin sound, saying that "there's much to enjoy on this typically ballsy and no-nonsense follow-up to 2011 breakthrough Pressure & Time."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Jay Buchanan; all music composed by Jay Buchanan, Scott Holiday, Robin Everhart and Michael Miley, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Keep On Swinging"   4:00
2. "Wild Animal"   3:27
3. "You Want To" Buchanan, Holiday, Everhart, Miley, Dave Cobb 4:15
4. "Until the Sun Comes" Buchanan, Holiday, Everhart, Miley, Cobb 2:59
5. "Run from Revelation"   4:14
6. "Jordan" Buchanan 6:18
7. "All the Way" Buchanan 5:10
8. "The Heist"   3:13
9. "Three Fingers"   3:17
10. "Nava" Holiday 2:01
11. "Manifest Destiny Pt. 1" Buchanan, Holiday, Everhart, Miley, Cobb 8:20
12. "Manifest Destiny Pt. 2"   4:24
13. "True" Buchanan, Holiday 4:43
Total length: 56:19


Rival Sons


  1. ^ "Rival Sons official website". rivalsons.com. Archived from the original on 2012-09-18. 
  2. ^ a b O'Brien, Jon. "Head Down - Rival Sons". AllMusic. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Moffitt, Greg. "Review of Rival Sons - Head Down". BBC. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ Lawson, Dom (September 13, 2012). "Rival Sons: Head Down - review". The Guardian. London: Guardian Media Group. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ Stein, Lior. "Rival Sons - Head Down review". Metal-Temple. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ Clark, William (November 15, 2012). "Rival Sons Unlock Zeppelin on Head Down". Guitar International. Archived from the original on November 20, 2012. Retrieved November 17, 2012.