Album Review: Christina Perri – Head Or Heart

Christina Perri, like many aspiring musicians, moved to Los Angeles from Philadelphia years ago to pursue a career as a singer-songwriter. After some struggle, she had her big break when one of her songs was featured on “So You Think You Can Dance” to critical acclaim. That haunting piano ballad (“Jar of Hearts”) kickstarted her career, and much of what made the breakout hit so powerful is infused into her latest studio album, Head or Heart.

“Human,” the first single off Head or Heart, overflows with an earnest and genuine realization about how much emotional stress one can truly take. “The Words” is equally as vulnerable, addressing how hard it can be to let go of fear and say “I love you” to someone—a confusing and overwhelming struggle most everyone can relate to. The pace of the album picks up on tracks like “I Don’t Want To Break” and “Be My Forever,”  the bubbly duet with Ed Sheeran. Sheeran and Perri mesh seamlessly, and though the song is easily the corniest one on the album, it’s pretty catchy and endearing once you listen to it a couple times (similar to Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat’s “Lucky”). The album closes with the inspirational “I Believe,” where Perri sings about beautiful realizations of life and love. The track starts softly and grows stronger and louder. As it charges forth, Perri adamantly declares “this is not the end of me, this is the beginning.” I must say I concur.

Show Perri some hometown love and check her (and Birdy!) out at The Electric Factory on April 19th.

Photo Credit: Vents Magazine

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