Chris Lane, ‘Take Back Home Girl’ | Track Review
Chris Lane and Tori Kelly – country and pop musicians respectively – combine forces to make sweet music on single, “Take Back Home Girl.”
In 2016, 32-year old North Carolinian Chris Lane introduced himself to the world as a ‘country’ musician on his debut album, Girl Problems. The wrinkle is, like many of his contemporaries, Lane isn’t completely a country artist, at least in the traditional sense. Hailing from the new-school, where eclecticism plays a gargantuan role, he embraced pop and urban influences. Sometimes it worked, other times, not so much. Lane returns with a new single, “Take Back Home Girl,” assisted by another up-and-coming artist, Tori Kelly.
Early on, Chris Lane showcases a beautiful vocal tone. It doesn’t take long for Tori Kelly to join him, mixed behind his lead vocals. Clearly, Chris is the star, as it should be for the lead artist. Despite the fact he’s joined by a pop artist, “Take Back Home Girl” is firmly planted in country stylistically. This is a good look, particularly for critics of contemporary country music who believe it’s become too eclectic.
On the second verse, Kelly takes lead vocal honors. Much like her role on the first verse, Lane joins Kelly on the second-half. While Kelly played more of a backing role, Lane’s vocals are a bit more powerful – packing more punch in the secondary role. From the second iteration of the chorus, bridge, and final chorus, “Take Back Home Girl” plays out predictably. Powerful vocals, sound ad-libs from Lane and Kelly, and ultimately, an enjoyable performance.
All in all, Chris Lane and Tori Kelly make sweet music together on “Take Back Home Girl.” Both deliver great vocals, while Lane doesn’t allow himself to be overshadowed. This isn’t the second coming or the most memorable song of the year, but definitely pleasant and well-performed.