Limbeck quickly moves between styles in just the first few tracks of “Let Me Come Home”. The first track, “People Don’t Change” really uses a lot of the momentum generated from an alt country style, while the follow up “Long Way To Go” seems to take a page from all the early Hippie acts. Coming back to the country type of style with “Everyone’s In The Parking Lot”, Limbeck really shows their listeners that they still have a little bit of magic left.
The track is destined for a second life on radio rotation, as it has strong (and catchy) instrumentation, smart arrangements and a sound that ties together the early days of The Goo Goo Dolls and Replacements, tied with the multiple vocals of acts like The Anniversary. “Making Your Rounds” has an interesting vibe that goes along with it; the chorus and vocals sound pulled off something that Matthew Good Band would do, while the instrumentation (picked guitar and rich backing environment) has Limbeck go back once again to the sixties for inspiration. “Sin City” has Limbeck include yet another sound to their already diverse sound; the harmonica. What is simple and not all that innovative (even the most novice or surface listener of music can come up with twenty acts that have used a harmonica), Limbeck includes the harmonica at all the right times during “Sin City”. “Names For Dogs” really sounds as if it would come out of the sixties revival of the late eighties, but has just enough of an edge to it that Limbeck really connects past to recent past and finally to the current. The inclusion of a purely acoustic track on “Let Me Come Home” further shows individuals that the band is serious in their mission, and this diversion keeps listeners from becoming bored with this disc.
Continuing their string of hits with “Home (Is Where The Van Is)”, Limbeck mix strong instrumentation with shrill guitar solos and a catchy set of vocals to make a late-disc hit worthy of both radio and video play. The more insistent beat of “Television” brings Limbeck into the realm of bands like The Black Crowes, back to the slightly nasal vocals present on the track and the looking back type of arrangement that dominates throughout. “Let Me Come Home” is a sea change from “Hi, Everything’s Great”, and really shows Limbeck as a band that can string together a successful album.
Top Tracks: To Hell With Having Fun, Long Way To Go
Limbeck – Let Me Come Home / 2005 Doghouse / 13 Tracks / http://www.limbeck.net / http://www.doghouserecords.com / Reviewed 05 January 2006