The Head and the Heart, ‘The Head and the Heart’ (Sub Pop)
The debut by this Seattle indie-folk group suffers slightly from an abundance of niceness: Even the ostensibly edgy moments, as in the regret-filled “Honey Come Home,” resolve with jaunty piano and declarations of love. But the Head and the Heart sell their rootsy sincerity – file alongside the Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, Low Anthem – with irresistibly hooky harmonies. Occasional dips into sappiness (“Sounds Like Hallelujah”) are mitigated by unstoppable sing-alongs (“Ghosts”). You can practically smell the campfire.