The Head and the Heart (album)

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The Head and the Heart
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 19, 2011
GenreFolk rock, pop
LabelSub Pop
The Head and the Heart chronology
The Head and the Heart
Let's Be Still
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars link
Pitchfork Media(3.8/10) link
Bowlegs4.5/10 stars link
The A.V. ClubC– link

The Head and the Heart is the first studio album by folk rock band The Head and the Heart, released on April 19, 2011, on Sub Pop. A deluxe edition of the album was released in August 2011 and included 'Chasing A Ghost' (live), 'Josh McBride' (Live) and 'Rivers and Roads' (live).[1] Initially, the band had self-released the album in June 2009, selling it at concerts, by word of mouth, and through local record stores. In the ensuing months the album sold 10,000 copies.[2] Their music plays heavily on the trio of vocal harmonies, piano and violin melodies, and prominent drums and percussion. It was the top-selling album of the year 2010 for the independent Sonic Boom Records in the band's home neighborhood of Ballard, Seattle.[3] The song "Rivers and Roads" was used in the series finale of NBC's Chuck, in the 16th episode of the seventh season of CBS's hit comedy How I Met Your Mother, also at the season finale of the fourth season of Fox's series New Girl, and also in The Good Doctor.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Josiah Johnson, Jon Russell, Charity Thielen, Kenny Hensley, Chris Zasche and Tyler Williams.

1."Cats and Dogs"1:55
2."Coeur D'Alene"4:21
4."Down in the Valley"5:03
5."Rivers and Roads"4:44
6."Honey Come Home"3:21
7."Lost in My Mind"4:19
8."Winter Song"2:43
9."Sounds Like Hallelujah"3:10
10."Heaven Go Easy on Me"5:40


  • Charity Rose Thielen - vocals, violin, percussion
  • Josiah Johnson - vocals, guitar, percussion
  • Jonathan Russell - vocals, guitar, percussion
  • Tyler Williams - drums, percussion, vocals
  • Chris Zasche - bass, vocals
  • Kenny Hensley - piano, vocals

Commercial performance[edit]

The Head and the Heart peaked at number 109 with 4,000 copies sold on Billboard 200.[4]


Chart (2011–12) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200[5] 109
U.S. Billboard Folk Albums[5] 3
U.S. Billboard Rock Albums[5] 23
U.S. Billboard Alternative Albums[5] 18
U.S. Billboard Independent Albums[5] 14


  1. ^ [1] Heavenly Recordings press-release
  2. ^ Leahey, Andrew. "Best of What's Next: The Head and the Heart". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  3. ^ "And The No. 1 Selling Record Of 2010 At Sonic Boom Ballard Was ..." Sound on the Sound. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  4. ^ Caulfield, Keith (2013-10-23). "Pearl Jam Earns Fifth No. 1 Album On Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2013-10-23.
  5. ^ a b c d e "US Billboard Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 9 September 2011.