11 Songs, 32 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Fargo, N.D.–based These Hearts build on the raw aggression of their debut with improved songcraft and more nuanced arrangements. Juxtaposing grinding breakdowns with soaring melodic choruses, the quintet captures romantic rapture and despair without sinking into emo excess. Songs like “This Is Love” (featuring Bert Poncet from the French popcore unit Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!), “The Inconvenience,” and “Miserable” bristle with metallic guitar mayhem and fervent gang vocals, landing somewhere between A Day to Remember and Underoath in sound. For Today’s Mattie Montgomery lends his throat to the assaultive “War,” the album’s heaviest tune. Lyrically, standout tracks include “Psycho” (a buoyant blast of angst directed against a fickle ex-girlfriend) and “Undecided Story” (a rocking waltz reaching out to a victim of an abusive relationship). The rollicking “Been Through Hell” and the more wistful “LOTR” find lead singer Ryan Saunders lamenting the touring musician’s lot, a theme likewise addressed in the semi-acoustic finale “Never Mind Me.” Yours to Take is both ferocious and sensitive—a mean feat for any band.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Fargo, N.D.–based These Hearts build on the raw aggression of their debut with improved songcraft and more nuanced arrangements. Juxtaposing grinding breakdowns with soaring melodic choruses, the quintet captures romantic rapture and despair without sinking into emo excess. Songs like “This Is Love” (featuring Bert Poncet from the French popcore unit Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!), “The Inconvenience,” and “Miserable” bristle with metallic guitar mayhem and fervent gang vocals, landing somewhere between A Day to Remember and Underoath in sound. For Today’s Mattie Montgomery lends his throat to the assaultive “War,” the album’s heaviest tune. Lyrically, standout tracks include “Psycho” (a buoyant blast of angst directed against a fickle ex-girlfriend) and “Undecided Story” (a rocking waltz reaching out to a victim of an abusive relationship). The rollicking “Been Through Hell” and the more wistful “LOTR” find lead singer Ryan Saunders lamenting the touring musician’s lot, a theme likewise addressed in the semi-acoustic finale “Never Mind Me.” Yours to Take is both ferocious and sensitive—a mean feat for any band.

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