Head and Heart (CD)

Rated 4.67 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
(3 customer reviews)


HEAD AND HEART REVIEW from Siobhan Long of the Irish Times
Luka Bloom is mining the space between the notes with increasing precision. In Head & Heart he continues the exploration, in intriguing company. The Phil Ware Trio accompany Bloom, but there’s a disconcerting looseness to the arrangements that misses the chance to fully capitalise on the ensemble’s possibilities. Bloom’s song choices are interesting and at times inspired (his reading of Ewan MacColl’s The Joy of Living is just that: a joy). Others grate against their own timeworn fabric (Danny Boy). His guitar lines breathe fresh life into covers of John Martyn’s Head and Heart and the Keith Jarrett-inspired choice, My Wild Irish Rose. His spirit of adventure is palpable, even if his choices disappoint and his encounter with The Phil Ware Trio might have yielded more, given a longer gestation period


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Track listing

01 Head And Heart
02 Banks Of The Lee
03 Every Grain Of Sand
04 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
05 Give You Wings
06 Gentle On My Mind
07 My Wild Irish Rose
08 Lonesome Robin
09 And I Love You So
10 Liffeyside
11 Danny Boy
12 The Joy Of Living

3 reviews for Head and Heart (CD)

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Luka Bloom – Head And Heart
    Posted June 13, 2014 BY LAURIE HACKNEY

    Irish folk singer Luka Bloom returns with a heartfelt portrayal of ten classic songs and two new tracks. Recorded in home studios, Head And Heart sounds organic and honest, featuring beautiful string and piano arrangements.

    Danny Boy and The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face are perhaps the best-known covers here – as for the two originals, Bloom pays homage to his hometown with Liffeyside and gives tribute to loved ones lost on the haunting Give You Wings.

    This album is the perfect soundtrack to your next dinner party, a rainy afternoon, or a great gift for Nanna’s next birthday. (LH)


  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    Luka Bloom – Head and Heart – **** (four stars)

    On his latest album, Irish singer/songwriter Luka Bloom continues to balance his own songs with imaginative covers of material from some of his favourite songwriters and clever arrangements of well known classics. On six of the 12 songs, his acoustic guitar is complemented by a jazz trio (piano, double bass, drums), breathing fresh life into John Martyn’s title track, Gentle On My Mind, And I Love You So and The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face. A standout track is his own composition, Give You Wings, the story of families dealing with a life-changing-tragedy. Planet/MGM

    June 2014 – JB Hi-Fi – http://www.jbhifionline.com.au

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  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    To me ‘This New Morning’ was 2012′s record of the year.
    Well, Luka, you did it again. ‘Head and Heart’ is A masterpiece, again…
    Thanks for all these sad songs that make me so very happy!!

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