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Faith Hill – “Come Home”

11 Nov

Songwriter:  Ryan Tedder

After a lengthly hiatus from recording, the drought is finally over.  Country diva Faith Hill, the voice behind ubiquitous crossover smashes like “This Kiss” and “Breathe” is returning with her first new album in over six years, and she’s launching her highly-anticipated new project with… a OneRepublic cover.  Whaaaaat?

To see Hill end her half-decade career drought with a cover song is, by default, disheartening.  An original song would have been highly preferable – something to hint at what we might have been missing during the years she was on hiatus.  Of course, launching with a cover song could be forgivable, so long a it’s a good cover.

Lines like “Forgive me if I’m young for speaking out of turn” feel slightly awkward when rolling off the tongue of a woman in her early forties (and may bring back memories of Reba McEntire ‘kicking it’ with Beyonce’s “If I Were a Boy”).  Hill, however, demonstrates that her strong interpretive abilties remain very much intact.  She turns in a hushed and restrained vocal delivery of the song’s opening verses, and as her voice gradually rises, a palpable earnesty is exuded throughout her performance.

Unfortunately, “Come Home” lacks the vibrancy and sonic stickiness of Hill’s best pop-country efforts.  It suffers most from a bloated power pop arrangement that reaches a grating crescendo as the song nears its end.  It’s an ineffective, misguided treatment of a song that was already an awkward fit to begin with.  Far from letting the song itself pull the weight, the lyrical story is treated as mere window dressing, as if of secondary importance to the wall of needless noise that surrounds it. (The OneRepublic oringinal, in contrast, was backed primarily by a piano and a subtle string section) Despite some positive characteristics, a lack of focus shines through on the final recorded product, which makes “Come Home” feel like a letdown after having waited so long for Hill to release new music.

A redeeming vocal fails to topple the fact that, as a package, “Come Home” does not feel like a single that is worth waiting six years for.  One can still hope that Hill’s upcoming album will be a solid home run, but the lead single is undoubtedly a strikeout.

FAITH’S SCORE:  5
(Scores are given on a scale of 1 to 10)

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6 Comments

Posted by on November 11, 2011 in Single Reviews

 

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6 responses to “Faith Hill – “Come Home”

  1. Charles Miller

    November 15, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    I AGREE!!!!!!! and I thought, how the timing was right with the troops coming home. I think the song is generic. And Faith is a DIVA, this isn’t what I thought when I heard she was coming back. It trly is a let down. It seems like a filler song on an album. Nothing special….

     
  2. sarah

    November 17, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    i thought the EXACT opposite- i think the song is a smash, LOVE faith on it- and it beats the original- in fact, all songs in country are really covers- hardly anyone writes them who sings them- but who cares- the biggest songs in history werent all written by their singers. I think she nailed the vocal- and the song is simply epic.

     
    • Jane

      May 21, 2012 at 2:02 AM

      I agree . . I think Faith is awsome and anything she records is great! My husband is a United States Marine and the song has great meaning!!

       
  3. Karen

    December 21, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Wars are so hard on people. ONE DAY this will all be over! Thank GOD above!

     
  4. becky

    June 14, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    I really want this CD and can’t find it anywhere. Will someone please tell me where I might can find it

     
    • Ben Foster

      June 14, 2013 at 4:19 PM

      Becky,
      As of now, the album has not been released, likely due to the mediocre chart performance of the singles.

       

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