"Come Home" (5:38)
Producers: Byron Gallimore, Faith Hill
Writer: Ryan Tedder
Publisher: Sony/ATV Tunes LLC/Velvet Hammer Music/Midnight Miracle Music (ASCAP)
For the first single from her upcoming album on Warner Bros. Records, Faith Hill has chosen a ballad that shows the dramatic tones of her vocal approach. The country veteran's performance on "Come Home" is dead-on, but unfortunately, the song never gets totally off the ground. "Come Home" is lyrically sturdy, as Hill reflects on the "war between the vanities," but the production tends to drown out the vocals. Hill's next album, due out in early 2012, is apparently going to feature more of a Delta Blues-inspired approach, but this track might not be that indicative of what she has up her sleeve. Although it sounds like something's missing from Hill's intended effect for the song, "Come Home" is a welcome return from one of the format's defining artists.