- Coming Home
By: Cheryl Harvey Hill, Sr. Staff Journalist
McDonald, Michael Britt, Dean Sams and Keech Rainwater
(collectively known as Lonestar) are, by their own admission,
driven to make each album better than the last. This is not an
easy task when your previous seven albums have sold well over
ten million copies and produced more than a few major hits
("Amazed" is my personal favorite). When you are
already, clearly, at the top of your game, it has to get
increasingly difficult to "one up" yourself but
Lonestar apparently has found the key to continued success. With
their newest album, Coming Home, they are about to prove
once again that all the previous awards and accolades were
no fluke. As singers, songwriters (co-writing on eight of the
album's new songs - Richie penned six, and Michael and Dean
contributed one each) and, based on their humanitarian
contributions over the past decade, all-around great guys; they
are in a class by themselves.
the direction of new producer, Justin Neibank, they have been
able to take their studio performance to a level on par with the
energy they effortlessly deliver in live concerts. This is no
small feat when you consider that ten thousand screaming fans
can't be brought into a small recording studio just to get your
adrenalin at the level it reaches when you are performing
onstage in a sold-out venue.
create an emotional balance with all the fun and frolic tunes,
Lonestar has included some splendidly insightful, and honest,
songs; "I Am a Man," "I Just Want to Love
You," "I'll Die Tryin'" and "I Never Needed
You," which has Sara Evans adding some fabulous depth to
the already dynamic vocal harmonies of Lonestar. These songs are
musically moving with those wonderful tight harmonies we have
come to expect from this group, but it is the insightful and
gentle lyrics that will cause you to hit the "replay"
button. "I'll Die Tryin'" has all the earmarks of a
number one hit and one that will, no doubt, accompany countless
marriage proposals and be the number one requested song each and
every Valentine's Day from here on.
"Noise" began to play, I had to check my CD player
because I thought it had somehow switched over to a Big and Rich
album. I'm sure all the rockin' cowboys who love the Musik Mafia
are going to love this song and maybe that is why it was
included on this album -- no one can deny that radio has
embraced the MM group with both arms and major antennas -- but
I, for one, found this particular track to be a little too
"Noise"y (pun intended). On the plus side, this song
clearly illustrates that Lonestar can aptly rock the house on
par with anyone when the urge strikes them.
Wrong with That" sounded a lot like "Mr. Mom;"
nothing wrong with that either, I suppose, and this song
provides an excellent platform for the guys to show off their
states that when he was asked to produce Coming Home, he
started with a simple vision -- to capture in the studio the
passion, edge and versatility of Lonestar's exciting concerts;
he has every right to be patting himself on the back.
is our jeans-and-t-shirt album," says Britt. "No
pretenses. We're not trying to be someone we're not. We got a
producer who really liked the way we sounded and wanted to
capture it on record. I can listen to the tracks now and think,
'That sounds more like us than we ever have.'"
their website it states that "In the studio, Niebank
brought a streamlined, less-is-more approach to proceedings,
with fewer overdubs and less musical layering. He pushed the
guitar and drums for muscle and drive, seasoned with countrified
touches of Dobro and fiddle, and de-cluttered the arrangements
to cast more of a spotlight onto the group's distinctive vocal
harmonies." It also says that "All the band members
agree that Coming Home marks a proud step up in
their musical progression" and they'll get no argument from
me on that.
last song on the album is "When I Go Home Again;" an
up-tempo, feel-good, no holds barred number. A perfect final
cut, much like an appropriate ending for a live concert where
this song would surely garner a standing ovation and a demand
for an encore. These are good quality songs, preformed by
talented artists, backed by dynamic instrumentals that generate
a lot of good feelings; much like Coming Home.
The CD Now!
- Coming Home song list:
1. You`re Like Comin` Home
3. I Am A Man
4. I`ll Die Tryin`
7. Littel Town
8. I Never Needed You
9. What`s Wrong With That
10. Two Bottles Of Beer
11. I Just Want To Love You
12. When I Go Home Again
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I bought the album "almost home" last week. I have almost worn it out. It just amazes me what great song writers these guys are. they are great guys too. I have been it the fan club
since it started up... they are great.