Home at Last

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Absolutely family safe, but not much fun or good.

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Nice, family-friendly message.

Violence & Scariness

"Flying By" describes the cycle of life -- including death ("Then it's hospital beds, last words said..."), but will probably go over the heads of some young kids.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there isn't anything objectionable on this CD if all you care about is the content of the songs' lyrics. But unless you have an incredibly high tolerance for schlock, you'll find these tedious, overblown versions of "You've Got a Friend" and "Brown Eyed Girl" a little tough to take. "Flying By" describes the cycle of life -- including death ("Then it's hospital beds, last words said..."), but will probably go over the heads of young kids.

User Reviews

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Parent of a 12 year old Written byTsion April 9, 2008

Outstanding, Meaningful Album with NO Objectionalbe Content.

I loved this album, as the songs are heartfelt and personify the importance of family, and the music is great. If kids want to listen to this album, by all mea... Continue reading
Adult Written bynoelle1208 April 9, 2008
Kid, 10 years old April 9, 2008
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

What's the story?

With a hard-hitting, thrash-heavy rhythm section and ridiculously over-produced arrangements, HOME AT LAST uses every musical cliché in the book. The album starts out with a few promising tracks: \"Ready, Set, Don't Go\" describes a loving father's mixed feelings about his teenage daughter's maturity (families who like Disney's Hannah Montana show will enjoy it). \"Flying By\" is a guided tour of the life cycle from birth to that gravestone on the hill. But then, Billy Ray Cyrus begins a resolute, heavy-booted tromp through some of contemporary music's best-written songs, turning \"Brown Eyed Girl,\" \"You've Got A Friend,\" and \"Somewhere Over the Rainbow,\" into unintentional overblown parodies.

Is it any good?

Billy Ray Cyrus (aka Hannah Montana's dad) gives us 13 family-safe country tracks that are so overblown and unimaginative that it's hard to conceive of anyone making it to the end of the album. His vocal range covers about four notes, his emotional range is between 5 and 5.2 on a scale of 10, and his songwriting is obvious and pedestrian. Hannah Montana fans who feel some loyalty to her dad might want to download the first couple of songs.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about remaking songs. Why do artists feel the need to cover a song? Do you think it helps them or hurts them? Do you think it compromises original creativity or is it a compliment? Families can also listen to the songs "Ready, Set, Don't Go," "The Buffalo," and "Flying By," and talk about important milestones. Parents often have mixed feelings about their children growing up and finding independence, many families have to deal with unexpected layoffs and unemployment, and "Flying By" describes the life cycle in sentimental detail.

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