Home Game


Kate Jacobs’ sly, childlike vocals generally tread the divide between innocence and whimsy, but Home Game finds her cloaked in a blanket of domesticity. With two toddlers keeping her occupied, she sings of being drawn to the hearth although tempted by the tug of the road. The sentiments are simple, but Jacobs’ alluring delivery makes even the wistfully dreamy “Time for Bed” seem like a sumptuous delight. Her witty remarks about travel lodging (“$55 Hotel”) and sentimental sidebars on old acquaintances (“A Sligo Lad” and “Jesus Has Been Drinking”) contrast with the intimate family concerns of “Make Him Smile” and “Home Game.”

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