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Review: The Lionheads, “Human Walk”

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Review: The Lionheads, “Human Walk”

“These are massive-sounding songs from a band with massive potential. There are many reasons to heap praise upon what this band has accomplished with the debut of Human Walk. But what most impresses me is that the foundation for this highly charismatic pop record is rooted in powerful, dynamic storytelling backed up by an electric performance. I suspect The Lionheads won’t remain a Nordic secret for long.”

Artist: The Lionheads

Album: Human Walk

Genre: Pop Rock

RIYL: Passion Pit, The Killers, Coldplay, Keane

The Lionheads - Human Walk

Norway may have just shot right up to the top of the “places I need to visit” list. There seems to be something in the indie pop water there, as a steady stream of quality music seems to constantly trickle out of Oslo. But this record, Human Walk, is coming out like a big bold lion’s roar. The Lionheads have carefully crafted a pop rock package of tunes with their debut release.

It’s easy to hear the influences of artists like Passion Pit, The Killers and Coldplay here; the dynamic, uber-catchy melodies are amped up with bold, big arrangements. But there are also touches of A-Ha and Keane, bringing some bright and sharp vocals and well placed keyboards. The result is pretty much the equivalent of an eargasm. This is an incredibly well-produced, cleanly executed pop record that entertains from start to finish.

Lead vocalist/guitarist Rudi Leo J. Johansen and drummer Oistein Christoffersen are the founding members of the band and both of them stand out for their performances on this record. Christoffersen is a natural drummer, there is a warm rhythmic undercurrent that propels all of the tunes on this record. In contrast, Johansen provides the dynamics with a vocal performance that exhibits versatility and only gains steam as the record progresses.

Standout tracks include lead single “Everything Will Mean Something,” the gloriously shimmery “Morning Light,” “Home,” and “City On Fire.” The title track is a great way to end this debut; it peels back some of the layers of sound and reveals the strength of the songwriting without embellishment. But there is one other song that takes the record to another level; “Red,” a slow-burner that scales back to showcase a strong vocal and guitar line, is one of the songs that makes Human Walk so special. 

The Lionheads possess natural talent for bringing magical moments into their songcraft. These are massive-sounding songs from a band with massive potential. There are many reasons to heap praise upon what this band has accomplished with the debut of Human Walk. But what most impresses me is that the foundation for this highly charismatic pop record is rooted in powerful, dynamic storytelling backed up by an electric performance. I suspect The Lionheads won’t remain a Nordic secret for long. 


The Lionheads website: http://www.thelionheads.com/

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