A new favorite
I've been listening to The Court & Spark since their first album and have been pretty excitedly looking forward to this release (and the dub version of Witch Season which hasn't come out). Witch Season was such a fantastic album that it's hard to follow, but Hearts is at least its equal. There's no Out On the Water on here, but it doesn't matter -- never before have they put out something so consistently good beginning to end. It's especially true in the instrumentals, which now feel complete and important to the album, not just pleasant asides. There's another review that mentions jam bands -- I'm sure he means well, but I would probably run away and never look back if I read that, so take it with a grain of salt -- there's nothing jammy about anything on here. It's a collection of some of their best songs yet, with arrangements that, although sparer sometimes than on Witch Season, are just as deft and have this fantastic soft, subtle touch that comes out when you pay good attention.