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Coming Home
Artemis Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Coming Home was anything but what I was expecting. With a band name like "Brooke," at the very least I was expecting female vocals. Instead, I seem to have stumbled upon a misplaced country-western vocalist who aspires to be a white rapper, although sounding less like Eminem and more like the Snow [me daddy me snow me shot someone down the lane licky boom boom down] variety.

On "I Still Remember" Brooke categorizes himself as a "white country singer in a hip-hop band," which is pretty accurate in describing the sound of Coming Home, however all I keep hearing is LFO. Although the lyrics aren't as terrible as any line from "Summer Girls," they do come close. When Brooke complains "I hope I got a hit so I can split from the studio go home and watch a movie instead" I just can't help but envision Jennifer Love Hewitt making an appearance in one of his videos as well.

Also included to my immense horror is a cover of Cindy Lauper's "Time After Time" that continues the destruction of my childhood. Covering this song is comparable to the newly designed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-wholly unnecessary. The Ninja Turtles were cool the way they were, why did they feel the need to mess with them? But I digress. I've only ever heard one decent cover version of "Time After Time," a live version by Matchbox Twenty, and it blows my mind that more keep appearing. Just stop. Like the Ninja Turtles, this song is best in it's original form; stop trying to fix what isn't broken.

That said, Brooke is really nothing more than MTV fodder for the "grown up" LFO fan. Mediocre covers and poppy hip hop tunes about girls in their underwear is not art and never will be. Brooke is just trying too hard to fit all the molds for popularity at once, and if there's one thing that I've learned, it's that it's always better to just be yourself. My advice? Find what you love and put all that you have into it, otherwise simply prepare yourself for one-hit wonderdom, or extended time in obscurity.

Reviewed by Natalie B. David
A fresh graduate of the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, in her spare time she can be found clumsily manipulating words and phrases for LAS and Beautiful/Decay magazine, hungering for sushi, naming inanimate objects or pondering the existence of stiletto heels. If you see her, you should buy her a cup of coffee because, chances are, she probably needs it.

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