In this follow-up to his massive Love & War & the Sea in Between, Portland-based Garrels’s ninth album is more acoustic in feel yet still lush with piano, strings, and other instrumentation.Home features 11 new songs produced in his home studio.
A 70s silky, blue-eyed-soul sound marks most of the record, setting the tone for introspective, confessional lyrics. Garrels explores the spectrum of family and human relationships—using them as a prism through which to catch glimpses of God in everyday life.
This made-at-home album captures the themes and rhythms of family, thanksgiving, and homecoming. The artist’s desire to “get back home,” to “come home,” “come a long, long way back home” is the animating center of this inviting album. Home masterfully captures the idea of heaven as our ultimate home: “Home at last, one family.” (Small Voice Records)
About the Author
Robert N. Hosack is Executive Editor for Baker Publishing Group, and he is a member of Church of the Servant CRC in Grand Rapids, Mich.