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Home This Year

Home This Year

March 18, 2008
4.5 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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When Virginia Coalition's first single, "Sing Along," from "Home this year" hit the internet some four months ago, I was worried. As a Virginia Coalition fan of epic proportions I was somewhat disappointed by the more folk influenced song writing. I was afraid they may have disregarded their soulful style all together. I thought this is not the riff-happy, fun-loving band I know and love.

Several months later, I finally got a hold of the new album, and I must say at first, I was still a little disappointed. I kept listening and wondering where is this album's "Mista Banks" or "Walk to Work". For that matter, where is the soulful guitar leads and quick piano work. However, as I stated I am a loyal Virginia Coalition fan so I continued to listen. It didn't take long for me to realize that "Home this year" is arguably their best work. In fact, I even found some of the guitar work to be more interesting then past efforts, and the piano work is exactly what it should be, tight and melodic. I figured out that the song writing style isn't really that different either. If you listen carefully the catchy riffs are still present, but blended with other delicious riffs and chord plays. Together the instruments create a more subtle melodic sound. The hooks are undoubtedly written for the radio, but there is no shame in that, the music is still well crafted and original. For the remainder of the review, I am going to briefly describe each of the ten tracks on the album.

1. Home this year- A nice mellow song about the loneliness of traveling constantly. The nice touches here include a melancholy Wurlitzer part, smooth finger picked guitar work, and heart felt lyrics.

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Virginia Coalition has released an album that is void of their previous originality and doesn't lend to their live energy. The CD is reminiscent of O.A.R.'s shift into the mainstream as they release their first music video for the single "Sing Along" which basically just shows people making out the whole time. Also similar to O.A.R., it is not a bad album through and through. The title song as well as "Santa Fe" and others are very well written and musically composed. However, they are not that unique. I truly mourn the loss of VACO's experimental edge which, unfortunately but predictably, kept them from becoming widely known. Even more so, I lament the loss of the live VACO experience. I just saw them open up for the Beautiful Girls and they played mostly songs off of this new CD - it was subpar. I was hoping that they would spice the songs up live as they have done with their way older stuff such as "Motown" "Likeness" and "Green an Grey", but this new material just doesn't cut it.
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For me, to listen to this album is to hear probably the finest effort of Virginia Coalition to date. Having listened to them since 2001, it could be easy for me to say that the rawness and excitement of earlier albums doesn't come through on Home This Year. But, growing and changing and experimenting are all parts of making a good band great. Here the band focuses on songwriting and really melding the lyrics and the tunes together, but never losing the freshness that the band is famous for. Just from experience, there is nothing like listening to Santa Fe with the sun shining and the windows down. Other notable tracks: Stars Align--probably the most "single" worthy song on the album. I can imagine this on the radio already. Look My Way--a fun, get 'em up and dancing song. Lately--a sweet love song with interesting vocals; the song that gets stuck in your head. All in all, a great album. Kudos to the guys for a rousing success.
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On the album drop date I went to my favorite local music store, Homers, and bought Home This Year. I had already been given a little taste of the new music courtesy of Virginia Coalition and was hooked first by Sing Along, now I can't pick a favorite. The VACO sound has definitely changed a bit, but in a good way. A way that says it is okay to grow, change, and transform our music. Life is all about these transitions.

I popped the album in and it hasn't left my cd player. In fact, I play the album everywhere I go. Soon enough VACO will be gracing radio stations in middle America. That's the true testament of whether a band has made it big and I am ready for that party!

Try VACO and Home This Year out. I promise you won't be disappointed.
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While not really sounding like any of their other albums, as soon as the first chords of "Home This Year" come through the speakers and you hear Andy's smooth voice, you know you're in for a treat. Some longtime fans might be nervous because off the bat it's pretty obvious that this is not a traditional VACO album. You're not going to hear lots of go-go drums, banjos and a million inside jokes. What you will hear, however, is some solid, earnest song writing and some smart musicianship. What you will hear is a great pop album, plain and simple.

As always, with VACO, you need to see them live to really get the full effect, so I encourage everyone to check them out...they're on tour now!
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