Come Home (OneRepublic song)

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"Come Home"
OneRepublic Come Home single cover.jpg
Single by OneRepublic and Sara Bareilles
from the album Dreaming Out Loud
Released July 14, 2009
Format Digital download
Recorded 2005–2007; 2009
Genre Piano rock
Length 4:27 (Album version)
4:18 (Single version)
Label Mosley, Interscope
Songwriter(s) Ryan Tedder
Producer(s) Ryan Tedder
OneRepublic singles chronology
"Mercy"
(2008)
"Come Home"
(2009)
"All the Right Moves"
(2009)

"Mercy"
(2008)
"Come Home"
(2009)
"All the Right Moves"
(2009)
Sara Bareilles singles chronology
"Gravity"
(2009) Gravity2009
"Come Home"
(2009) Come Home2009
"King of Anything"
(2010) King of Anything2010

"Come Home" is a song by OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder for the band's debut album, Dreaming Out Loud (2007). The piano-based ballad features orchestral flourishes, and lyrically revolves around the eponymous pleading hook "Come home, come home". Some reviewers felt the song had political undertones as an appeal to recall American troops[1] as Tedder had written the song about a friend serving overseas.[2] "Come Home" was highlighted as a refreshing change of pace from the many similar-sounding songs composing Dreaming Out Loud.[3]

In 2009, the song was remastered featuring singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, and this version was issued digitally as the album's fifth and final single.[4] The song debuted at #80 on the Billboard Hot 100 the week of July 14 before dropping off the chart the following week due to a lack of promotion.[5] The song was never serviced to radio, and failed to chart outside the U.S. "Come Home" was featured on episodes of Gossip Girl, Cold Case and The Vampire Diaries.[6]

Critical and commercial reception[edit]

Digital Spy′s Nick Levine praised the song for standing out from the non-memorable "Fray-style piano-rock" of the majority of Dreaming Out Loud thanks to the effective pairing of its somber lyrics and ballad-style approach.[3] Reviewing the song for its Song of the Week segment, a blogger of The Reflective Inklings lauded the combination of Tedder and Bareilles's voices in the single remix, noting that it put a refreshing spin the "already-good" track.[7] Sputnik Music and the About.com Top 40 page both labelled "Come Home" as an album highlight, with the former crediting the track for giving the end of the front-loaded album some life.[8][9]

Receiving no promotion beyond its digital release, "Come Home" was not nearly as successful as the album's first two singles, peaking at No. 80 during its sole week on the Hot 100.

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Billboard Hot 100[5] 80

Faith Hill version[edit]

"Come Home"
Faith Hill Come Home single cover.jpg
Single by Faith Hill
Released November 9, 2011
Format Digital download
Genre Country pop
Length 5:38
Label Warner Bros. Nashville
Songwriter(s) Ryan Tedder
Producer(s) Byron Gallimore, Faith Hill
Faith Hill singles chronology
"A Baby Changes Everything"
(2008)
"Come Home"
(2011)
"American Heart"
(2012)

"A Baby Changes Everything"
(2008)
"Come Home"
(2011)
"American Heart"
(2012)

American country singer Faith Hill covered the song in 2011, drawing on power pop and country pop influences. Hill premiered her version at the 45th CMA Awards,[10] which was subsequently released to iTunes on November 9, 2011[11] as the lead single for her upcoming seventh studio album, as well as her first (non-holiday) single release since 2007's "Red Umbrella".

Critical reception[edit]

Reviews for Hill's version of "Come Home" were mixed to positive, with most criticism targeting the production. Billboard gave the song a lukewarm reception, describing Hill's performance as "dead-on" and demonstrative of the "dramatic tones" of her voice, but felt the production was overpowering and that the song "never gets totally off the ground."[12] In a similar vein, Ben Foster of The 1-to-10 Country Music Review lamented the "bloated power pop arrangement", and felt that "Come Home" failed to evoke the "vibrancy and sonic stickiness of Hill's best pop-country efforts". Though describing the song as a letdown, Foster did highlight Hill's redeeming vocals and "strong interpretive abilities".[13]

Matt Bjorke of Roughstock was more complimentary, calling the song "one of the best vocals of Faith Hill's career" and applauding Hill for crafting a unique melody that draws from the realms of pop and rock music.[14] Comparing the "soaring ballad" to the works of Lady Antebellum (a comparison Bjorke also drew), Taste of Country editor Billy Dukes wrote that "Come Home" proves that even after three decades in the business, Hill is still in touch with "what's hot in Nashville" and is more than capable of producing a country hit.[15]

Chart performance[edit]

Hill's rendition of "Come Home" debuted on the US Hot Country chart at No. 35, her best opening week since "Mississippi Girl",[16] as well as on the Hot 100 at No. 82. Over its twelve-week run on the former, the song reached a peak position of 26.

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Canada Country (Billboard)[17] 40
US Billboard Hot 100[18] 82
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[19] 26

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Music Review: OneRepublic - Dreaming Out Loud". Blog Critics. Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Come Home by OneRepublic". SongFacts. Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Levine, Nick (March 10, 2008). "OneRepublic: 'Dreaming Out Loud'". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Come Home - Single". iTunes. Apple Inc. Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "OneRepublic - Chart history". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  6. ^ "OneRepublic - IMDb". IMDb. Amazon.com. Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Song of the Week: Come Home by OneRepublic with Sara Bareilles". The Reflective Inklings. Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  8. ^ Davidson, Jerry (December 22, 2007). "OneRepublic - Dreaming Out Loud (album review 2)". Sputnikmusic. Viacom. Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  9. ^ Lamb, Bill. "OneRepublic - Dreaming Out Loud". Top 40. About.com. Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  10. ^ Stransky, Tanner (October 6, 2011). "Faith Hill to stage comeback, debut new single at CMA Awards -- EXCLUSIVE". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Come Home - Single Faith Hill". iTunes. Apple Inc. Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Track Review: Faith Hill, 'Come Home'". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. December 13, 2011. Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Faith Hill - "Come Home"". The 1-to-10 Country Music Review. Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  14. ^ Bjorke, Matt (November 11, 2011). "Single Review: Faith Hill - "Come Home"". Roughstock. Cheri Media Group. Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  15. ^ Dukes, Billy (November 9, 2011). "Faith Hill, 'Come Home' - Song Review". Taste of Country. Townsquare Media. Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  16. ^ Jessen, Wade (November 17, 2011). "Taylor Swift 'Sparks' No. 1 Country Song; Faith Hill's CMA Bounce". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Faith Hill Chart History (Canada Country)". Billboard.
  18. ^ "Faith Hill Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  19. ^ "Faith Hill Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.