LISTEN LOCAL: THE COMMONHEART
IN QUEUE MUSIC REVIEW
October 20, 2022
Pittsburgh’s premier bluesy-rock band The Commonheart released their third studio album, For Work Or Love, on Sept. 16th by way of Jullian Records. The Commonheart has received national attention for their music and has shared the stage with artists such as Gary Clark Jr., Van Morrison, and Willie Nelson.
Their new 10 track album showcases the virtuosity of the eight band members, as well as the powerful voice of lead singer Clinton Clegg. With the soothing background vocalists, impressive guitar solos, and energetic horn section, For Work Or Love provides listeners with songs that are both grounding and uplifting.
Meaningful messages of love, family togetherness, and loss are present in frontman Clinton Clegg’s songwriting. For example, in “Half at Home in Love” Clegg sang, “Brick by brick and stone by stone / We built this house into a home.” The song’s sincere lyrics are backed by passionate accompaniment that urges listeners to dance and sing along.
In the ballad track “Far Enough,” Clegg sings over an acoustic guitar melody, reflecting on himself. He sings, “I dream but I don’t sleep / It’s all too loud / And I’m way too proud.” Further into the song, his voice is joined by those of background vocalists, bringing a sort of gospel feel to the empowering song.
Throughout the album, it is evident that each band member is an expert musician. There are moments for each individual to shine through, whether it be a guitar solo, piano accompaniment, or the warm horn arrangements.
Overall, For Work Or Love gifts listeners with refreshing bluesy-rock songs with introspective songwriting.
The Commonheart kicked off their fall tour in Ohio on Sept. 10, and they have shows booked throughout October in support of the new record. They will play Mr. Smalls Theatre in Pittsburgh on Dec. 30th.