You Can’t Go Home
(Dan Collins, 2010)
Even on first listen it’s obvious You Can’t Go Home is a great album. Dan Collins wonderfully projects real emotion with a familiarly friendly voice, and fantastic songwriting. I love the cello (played by Michael G Ronstadt) opening on the first track, “Century City Blues”, and that same beautiful cello sound highlights so many other songs on this album. “Hard For Nothing” is a standout tune on You Can’t Go Home for the shared vocals between Collins and Katie Barbato are amazing and the entire track is just brilliant. “We’re free to be who we want to be but it seems like we drop the ball to me.” – a deeply meaningful lyric from “Lost At Sea”. I think it’s interesting that the title track to You Can’t Go Home is the last track on the album but that’s exactly where it belongs. It seems as though Dan Collins chose to save the best for last. “You Can’t Go Home” is stripped-down, acoustic, unreal realness. It will leave your ears wanting more.
I’m so glad that Dan Collins’ music was brought to my attention because great music like You Can’t Go Home needs to be heard. I thoroughly enjoyed all the time I spent listening to this album and I believe you will too.
[LISTEN] Here’s the title track from You Can’t Go Home by Dan Collins
Dan Collins’ next show is at 8:00pm on Thursday, March 3, 2011 at Tin Angel (Philadelphia, PA) | Tickets: $10 | 21+ | With: Ronstadt Generations and Lost in Holland.