by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
As with most duets (and by “most” we mean “all”), “Home” actually has two speakers instead of just one. There isn’t much conflict between them, though, and aside from a little back-and-forth from bass to alto, the song is actually not much of a duet at all. Except for the dialogue portion, there is no sense of conversation, no call-and-answer, and little harmonizing. Ebert and Castrinos are essentially singing the same song at each other, and if they traded lyrics, few people would notice. We’ll even go one step further and say that “Home” could easily be turned into a solo tune without much effort, and the only real aspect of narration is that someone is very much in love with someone else.
As we said earlier, though, “except for the dialogue portion.” When Ebert and Castrinos begin speaking candidly to each other about an event in their past, the song comes alive. They draw listeners into their relationship and allow them access to a personal moment. Ebert professes his love for Castrinos in a casually charming way, injecting much-needed personality into an otherwise lyrically flat duet. Forget the band! We could listen to an entire album of these two lovebirds reading spoken word poetry back and forth!