REVIEW: Henrietta – ‘The Trick Is Not Minding’


Artist: Henrietta
Album: The Trick is Not Minding
Genre: Alternative/Emo
Label: Animal Style

Henrietta took me by a complete and utter surprise. Maybe I didn’t have my head in the right place, or maybe it was because I wasn’t looking hard enough. Either way, the time it took for Henrietta to make it to my ears was nothing short of a misfortune.

The band’s debut full-length The Trick is Not Minding plays nothing like a debut. It is collected, consistent, massive, and rewarding. Featuring songwriting that showcases a band with a clear image and purpose, The Trick is Not Minding will destroy you from first listen, and continue to surmount its sonic resonance as time continues.

Welcoming listeners with “Give Up Kid,” a somber mood is immediately purposed. Smooth vocals weave in and out of a guitar line so impeccably put together, one can almost hear the exact drum beat needed right before said beat comes in. With little over a minute passed in time, Henrietta enters in full force. Amassed with lush guitars, strained but collected vocals, and erupting rhythms, there is a necessary sense of grit skewed all over the polish of The Trick is Not Minding.

This tear between beauty and sorrow continues with the album, bringing listeners in within the first few measures of “2000 Miles,” the bridge of “Constantinople,” the ending of “A Spectrum,” and the entirety of “Brutus.” The first half of the album is a powerful experience, with memorable moments cast throughout, but the most important sonic aspect to take away is most likely the exceptional skill of songwriting. Every track has an inherit purpose, and within that, every part of a track belongs where it should. The album finds itself a conscious collective of musical expression, carrying each prior experience on the back of the next, creating an incredibly rewarding and dense experience.

The beginning of “Leave It Alone” will leave you on your ass with the combination of hard hitting vocals and musicianship, only to be followed by the calming “Greater Fool.” “Vacations,” “Away From Home,” and “Orion” close out the record perfectly, only solidifying Henrietta’s clear conscience on songwriting.

It’s not typical that I attempt to hit each track in some fashion in a review, but the beautiful thing about The Trick is Not Minding is not that it reinvents the wheel (it doesn’t need to), but that it creates purpose for every sound emitted. With this piece of work you will find no filler, and while each track may vary in resonance with listeners, it can be assured that each track is carefully, and delicately put together to create a piece of art that is refreshing in a sea of over-saturation.

The Trick is Not Minding is purely a beautiful record that will tug on all emotions, all while containing a consistent appreciation for smart songwriting. This record deserves your time.

SCORE: 9/10
Review written by Drew Caruso — Follow him on Twitter.

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Drew Caruso

Drew Caruso is a Bostonian who, when not writing about music and film, spends his time getting lost in New England, reading books, talking about science whether people want to listen or not, and more. To see the thoughts of a scientist by day and a writer by night, follow him on Twitter.
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