Head for the Hills – Potions and Poisons

Album Review | Self Release | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 3/5

The Colorado-based four-piece roots outfit Head for the Hills openly admit that there’s no re-inventing the wheel here on their fourth album release, but there again, if it ain’t broke, why fix it?  One thing’s for certain, what we get from the band is variety; one minute experimental bluegrass, the next jazz-tinged acoustic swing, each selection tantalisingly fresh and accessible, with top drawer musicianship and mature vocal harmonies throughout.  The songs tackle realistic subjects, drawn from the darker side of the human condition, such as the title song itself “Potions and Poisons”, those conditions highlighted almost in list form.  There’s food for thought, accompanied by a rhythmically tapped foot, all of which makes for a fulfilling listening experience.  The instrumentals “Floodwaters” and “Bucker” adhere to the sore finger ethic, with some fine syncopated rhythms that I imagine almost guarantee whoops and hollers all in the right places during live performance, something we should all experience first-hand at our earliest convenience.