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  • Home: Andrew Deutsch, Eric Morrison, Brad Truax, Greg Anderson.
  • Additional personnel includes: Jenny Juristo Morrrison (vocals, winds); Barry London (slide guitar); Dave Fridmann (timpani); Michael Ivins (tambourine).
  • Recorded at Tarbox Road Studios, Casadaga, New York in January 1999.
  • British edition.
  • The faithful had a bit of wait between HOME XIII and this disc, but it proved to be well worth the delay. Home has always had a way with a great melody, and this disc contains some of the band's most accessible and heartfelt material to date.
  • Perhaps the fact that XIV was recorded in Woodstock, NY, with the spirit of Big Pink looming large, explains why "Burden" sounds like some great, lost track from the Band. "Truly Judy" is just too damn infectious for words. "Contract" is the perfect soundtrack for a Badalamenti/Lynch nightmare nightclub setting. The song crashes right into "Children's Suite," which oughta put the foam on the latte for any fan of Van Dyke Parks. Home is in that perfect artistic place where the group can do anything from a hip-hop/polka hybrid to a radio-static sonata and still sound exactly like itself. Great music that sounds better with every listen.
Professional Reviews
Q (7/00, p.117) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...An engagingly slapdash approach to songwriting that will inevitably lead to Flaming Lips comparisons....their appeal lying in wacky aphorisms...and the more straightforward, Beatles-derived melodies...is where you feel their heart..."

Alternative Press (3/00, p.82) - 3 out of 5 - "...makes the most of their penchant for rich detailed arrangement....inspiring arrangements, marked by gradual, song-length crescendos of either volume, detail or both..."

Magnet (1-2/00, pp.69-70) - "...There's so much going on in these grooves...that it takes a number of listens to even begin digesting this aural feast. Persevere, though, for your faith will be rewarded..."

CMJ (2/21/00, p.21) - "...its most musically conscientious album to date....The well-structured songs dazzle with sincere vocals and powerful embellishments provided by woodwinds, brass and slide guitar..."

NME (Magazine) (4/15/00, p.32) - 8 out of 10 - "...Excellent....This is questing, elaborate music with a grandeur and scale that most bands would've been too self-conscious to attempt...not so long ago..."
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