What you hear is what you get on Coming Home: A Collection of Songs, the latest release from singer-songwriters Drew Holcomb and Ellie Holcomb. That’s exactly the lovely package fans of both artists were likely hoping for when opening up the new LP from the husband-and-wife team behind multiple creative endeavors these days.
Coming Home is a musical mixed bag from the Holcomb household, a nine-track assorted set list of new songs, re-released tracks, and cover tunes. The cohesive element is Drew and Ellie’s comfort and chemistry, which has always been a calling card for any musical release from either artist. Even on solo efforts, the listener always feels invited into something larger and meaningful.
If you lost track of Drew & Ellie Holcomb somewhere along the way, you might recall that Ellie started as part of Drew’s band, The Neighbors, about 15 years ago. Five years later, she stepped out on her own as a solo artist and began releasing a string of spiritually focused folk/pop albums with striking resonance. Meanwhile, Drew and his Neighbors kept issuing one acclaimed roots rock album after another.
Coming Home grabs a few favorites off the shelves of years past, from a lovely version of “Hung the Moon” (from 2009’s A Million Miles) to 2019’s moving single “Electricity” to the unhurried beauty of “You and Me.” Even better is the inclusion of last year’s “Feels Like Home,” a powerhouse track anchored in the sort of specificity that draws you in and doesn’t let go.
New songs like “Hey Rivers,” an ode to their “joy tornado” of a son, and “Coming Home,” a straightforward strummer that celebrates the contentment of their life together, round out the rest of Coming Home, along with two covers, including Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again.” It’s “a collection of songs,” just like the Holcombs said. For fans who’ve missed some steps over the years, it’s a fine one at that.