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Hearts of Palm

by Idaho

Indie dream pop
Genre: Pop: Delicate
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1. To Be the One IDAHO
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2. Hearts of Palm IDAHO
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3. Down in Waves IDAHO
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4. This Cloud We're On IDAHO
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5. Happy Times IDAHO
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6. Dum Dum IDAHO
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7. Astrida IDAHO
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8. Evolution Is Cold IDAHO
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9. Alta Dena IDAHO
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10. Before You Go IDAHO
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11. Under IDAHO
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Album Notes
Jeff Martin, Idaho's singer/songwriter, is a master of the subtle gesture that reveals the entire life. On Hearts of Palm, Idaho's fifth studio album, Martin strums his custom four-string guitar and sings in his raspy Neil Young/Bill Callahan tenor about life's unsolvable mysteries, and times to be savored but not possessed. The minor-key ruminations especially shine on the piano-driven opener, "To Be the One," gaining steam and weight with each verse. The songs carry the structure of an elegy: lament, consolation, bad news followed by good. Since 1996's feedback-fueled Three Sheets to the Wind, Idaho has quieted down without quelling its demons. The rotating cast of players is a duo on Hearts of Palm, with Dan Seta on guitars and Jeff Martin playing all other instruments. The album is like one of those deep, prolonged dreams in which moods and images hang together with a kind of emotional logic and continuity.
The Stranger (Seattle)

It's time to get some sunlight. See the light before I begin to listen, 'cause these guys can bring me down. In the best way, though... music to listen to when you're feeling like a thunderstorm.The studio CD, Hearts Of Palm, is a completely different incarnation of Idaho than the live CD, though still as heart wrenching, Jeff Martin still filling the space with narcotic vocals and that guitar that slides smooth into your skin. He also takes on the bass and drums and everything else, except for some drum tracks laid down by Joey Waronker. Dan Seta takes over the guitars that fall blanket-like over the songs, fading in and out and through you. Slightly more upbeat than Low, more atmosphere than Codeine, but with the same heaviness. It feels like the shadows you get on every sun-filled day. Winter music for rainy people.
-Marcel Feldmar
Ink 19

The first thing that hits me is the piano. Simple, spare, gorgeous; laid in a bed of subtle electronics. And then the drums kick in. And finally, Jeff Martin's voice. Before the first song is over I realize that this isn't quite the same Idaho I've come to know and love over the years. This is better. There's more space, more depth, more detail. Martin has shifted focus from the band's signature four-string guitar buzz to his singing and, ultimately, to the songs
- Tony Peltier
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Ron Copenhaver

Why This Might Be Idaho's Best Work
Hearts Of Palm has the strongest tracks 1-4 of any album of our generation. These songs climax in "Down In Waves" and "This Cloud We're On," and these are arguably two of Idaho's best songs [ever]. While you're at it, you can go ahead and add "To Be The One" to your all-time side 1, track 1 polls. In short, when you want quintessential Idaho, this is your album. I'll refrain from trying to describe what you'll hear, mostly because it's nearly indescribable. Just know that this band--and Jeff Martin specifically--has a vision unlike many of the crap "emo" bands that Idaho is wrongly compared with. "Happy Times" is by far the weakest track of the album, but 99% of you reading this would die to write a song that good. The album's second highlight is track 6-the end of the record.

Dan Hutchison

will break your heart
Despite the warmth suggested by the title and album cover this album always reminds me of the bleakest winter. Even in the heart of summertime it never fails to make me feel cold and alone. The production is spot-on and superb in all aspects. If this album doesn't break your heart you are already dead. p.s. it is also excellent for long night drives.