Artist: Tony Clarke

Album: I’m Comin’ Home

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Genre(s): Country, Singer/Songwriter

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I’m Comin’ Home is Tony Clarke’s second album that is vastly different from the first. The album is based on homesickness and has brought out an unexpected new side of the songwriter. This is what happens when a Country artist gets lost and has to find his way back- you’ll want some popcorn with it.

Track Rating
Put That Country Song On ★★★★☆
I’m Comin’ Home ★★★★☆
I am What I am ★★★★☆
Swaying In the Wind ★★★½☆
Long Black Train ★★★★☆
But I Can Only Say I Love You ★★★½☆
Hey Hey Hey ★★★½☆
Raise The Bar ★★★★☆
Tomorrow Is My Big Day ★★★★☆
Get Yourself Out Of There ★★★★☆
Funny Old Day ★★★½☆
Like Time Has Never Been ★★★★½
Sunday Morning Feeling ★★★½☆
I’m Comin’ Home (alternate mix) ★★★½☆
  1. Put That Country Song On

   This time the session musicians are a lot busier. The more elaborate instrumentation gives the band permission to really jam to a song that is as simple as anything that came before it.

  1. I’m Comin’ Home:

 An outlaw feel frames the song, and the arrangement follows suit. It has no trouble keeping up, and the two continue to run on parallel railroads to the finish.

  1. I Am What I Am

This song is dreamy, and represents the oft ignored Hawaiian influence on country music. Steel guitar and strings only help to create this effect.

  1. Swaying In The Wind

The guitars hit full throttle. The music is more dynamic than in Good Mornin’ Mr. Morning (the first album) but even so the instruments cannot afford to move aside to let some of the vocal in. Where they had previously nestled in the instrumentation, the singing, still as lyric- heavy, now sits on top of it.

  1. Long Black Train

Conceptual continuity from the title track brings us to this much rougher, more grim-voiced piece.

  1. But I Can Only Say I Love You

The band continues to tastefully leave no gaps, this being a slow song and all.

  1. Hey Hey Hey

A folk song most suitably placed in the folk revival period of the 60s. The lead guitar finds it’s individual voice only in the chorus, and one can hear it ecstatically (more so than the other instruments) on its own trip.

  1. Raise The Bar

A country- blues about how biting off more than you can chew can force you to pay your dues. It makes up the first part of a three part suite (one can suppose) containing lamentation and practical advice.

  1. Tomorrow Is My Big Day

This song talks of the myth of success. It gets my upvote- I love to watch an issue that everybody else neglected rise to fame.

     10. Get Yourself Out Of There

Part three of the suite (Part two was the previous song.).  In it, Tony Clarke brings his old man’s advice to life.

   11. Funny Old Day

Funny Old Day is a humble Country gospel that laments some of the world’s problems that he finds difficult to understand

   12. Like Time Has Never Been

 This is my personal favorite from the album. The good song writing conveys desperation, suspense and hope, a vibe mirrored not any less brilliantly by the lead guitar.

   13. Sunday Morning Feeling

Sunday Morning Feeling clubs together two of the most common lyrical themes in music- alcoholism and religion. It is certain to be related to.

   14. I’m Comin’ Home (Alternative Mix):

When you can listen to a song that has appeared before at the end without having to step back and break the train of thought, you know the album is cohesive. And just that deserves applause- at end of the song of course. This mix is more guitar- heavy than the fiddle based original.

Final thoughts: Heavier, more cohesive, more chaotic, more melancholy and more urban than his previous record, Tony Clarke proves to be particularly proficient at his craft. Additionally, he seems to have had a lot of fun writing lyrics (especially on songs like Get Yourself Out There), which I think have improved too.

Picks of the album: I’m Comin’ Home, Long Black Train, Get Yourself Out Of There, Like Time Has Never Been

Overall Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆