July 16, 2009
While Blake Shelton’s “Austin” is the quintessential song with an answering machine acting as the peacemaker/mediator in a broken relationship, Jason Michael Carroll’s “Hurry Home” is a surprising contender for another quality song with just such a hero. Except, this time, the relationship is between perseverant father and prodigal daughter. Although the conclusion is extremely predictable, the emotional payoff of a parent’s unconditional love is still quietly powerful.
The production is lightly marred by dramatic string swells, but it is as restrained as a mainstream song seems to be able to accomplish these days. Ultimately, Carroll’s relaxed, emotive vocal delivery moves this story from a potentially sentimental mess to a warm story of a father’s unconditional love for his child, which, to borrow from George Strait, “is a love without end, Amen.”
Written by Zane Williams