Best Is Yet To Come
The album opener immediately sets the mood for what’s coming. The instant hit that is Best Is Yet To Come has a good melody and a catchy and recognizable tune. It’s something that will no doubt be picked up by AC radio and if it can cross the ocean towards North America it’ll be embraced by college stations and smaller city stations in a heartbeat.
On their debut, Rosemary’s Sons had the hit single Shine featuring Ilse deLange, and while Perfect is a completely different song, the band produces another highly successful collaboration, this time with Stevie Ann. Martijn Hagens’ vocals are well-complemented by Stevie Ann’s enthusiastic and lively vocals, which makes for a very adorable love song, which will no doubt become another hit single for this underrated Dutch band.
How About It
The catchy How About It on which you automatically start moving is the lead single off “Home Sweet Home”. Even in the demo stages it was obvious this song was going to be a strong one. A good choice for lead single as airplay on regional and college stations gives the song good exposure. And while Rosemary’s Sons is only a small, mostly independent band, they never fail to sound absolutely professional and energetic. Another reason why this song flourishes, both on the album and during live performance.
The Others is one of the best tracks Rosemary’s Sons ever made musically. Surprising choice of instruments (the brass for example!) gives this song a bit of a jazzy undertone, while the uptempo rhythm and soulful vocals give the song the extra body it needs to rise from being a good song to being a great song. Lyrically the song also is one of the band’s strongest. It’s a theme that you can all relate to as personal relationships change throughout your life.
The rootsrocker Thin Line is exactly the direction Rosemary’s Sons is heading in. Fairly well-energized country-rock with an edge. The great lyrics are brought to life by the enthusiasm and energy that the band puts in this song. A mix of frustration, pain, love, and hard work is portrayed in this excellent song.
The only real rocker on this album is Mary-Ann even though it is mixed a little timidly on the album. It is catchy as hell though and Martijn’s vocals flourish, but for it to succeed as a radio single it should be mixed a little more energetically, just like the band plays it live. It gives the song just that little bit more edge and extra kick so that you can appreciate its real brilliance.
Home Sweet Home
Originally by Mötley Crüe, Rosemary’s Sons decided to change Home Sweet Home into an americana-influenced rootsrocker. Assisted by Stevie Ann, among others, Rosemary’s Sons did a great job paying tribute to an old classic. They make the song their own without losing its original meaning or losing the recognizable core of the song. Covers aren’t necessarily a no go, as Rosemary’s Sons proves with Home Sweet Home
Like on all their albums, this album also features an acoustic song that sounds like it never escaped the demo stages. Bad News is a stripped down song that definitely has a lot of potential, but falls a little out of order on this album, though you could say it’s a nice change of scenery. In my opinion it would’ve been more in place as a bonus track though, because it breaks the flow of the album somewhat.
While the song might come across a little more spunky if the band had played it just a tad faster, it’s a song that grows on you. It might be a little too flat to shine on the radio, but it’s a catchy song nonetheless. And I find myself singing along to it without even noticing it, so who knows, maybe there is some hit potential after all.
Devil In His Pocket
The album closer, Devil In His Pocket, is a fun little song that is a good choice to end the album with. It has the tempo and energy that fits the band and the slightly ironic and playful lyrics give this country-ish song a very cool and natural sound.
Rosemary’s Sons proves that they have grown into a sound and solid collective that is sadly not appreciated in their homestead. With music that is highly influenced by the American southwest, the band delivers a consistent album with 10 high quality tracks that gives hope for the future, especially if the band manages to branch out to different locations. “Home Sweet Home” is absolutely Rosemary’s Sons best and most consistent album to date.