Home (Thirty Tigers)
Reviewed by Doug Freeman, Fri., Sept. 4, 2015
Six years since his last batch of original songs in What I'm For, Pat Green returns, having ditched the major label and lure of the mainstream star track. "I was blind to the game, I sang the wrong songs and disappeared for way too long, but I finally found my way home," admits the Austinite on the opening title cut. Home thus serves as reset both personal and professional. From the punch of "Break It Back Down" and confessional Sheryl Crow duet "Right Now" to the sincere fatherhood regret of "While I Was Away," Green confronts the price of ambition as he looks to settle into family life. Home falters only in the limbo between the songs' radio-ready structure sans polish, and awkward turns like the bluesy rumble of "Bet Yo Mama." Lyle Lovett duet "Girls From Texas" rouses and reconnects the home state fan base.