Your Love, My Home

Your Love, My Home

4.8 5
by Joshua Payne
     
 
If the music and voice of Josh Groban were thrown in a blender with the laid-back approach of Norah Jones and pureed to an ultra smoothness by a top producer, the results just might resemble the debut disc of Joshua Payne. The sweeping balladry of Your Love, My Home introduces the classically trained Payne to the same masses who

Overview

If the music and voice of Josh Groban were thrown in a blender with the laid-back approach of Norah Jones and pureed to an ultra smoothness by a top producer, the results just might resemble the debut disc of Joshua Payne. The sweeping balladry of Your Love, My Home introduces the classically trained Payne to the same masses who flocked to worship the pop romanticism of Groban and Andrea Bocelli. Teaming with producer Michael Omartian (Christopher Cross, Michael Bolton), Payne shies away from his classical roots to showcase a set of luxurious pop songs that go light on the bombast and heavy on sentiment. The title track basically sums up this formula, as an orchestra swells and ebbs with each progressive chorus highlighting Payne's longing voice that mews lyrics like "You will never know a night alone/I will make your love, home." It is the type of song you'd expect to hear backing a professional figure skater on a television special. However, it is performed and produced to perfection, and carries with it the same guilty pleasure as reading a romance novel. The balance of songs, mostly written by Payne and Omartian, border on bland and tend to bleed into each other, with the exception of the breezy light jazz of "The Moon" and "City Song," which captures the late-'70s/early-'80s soft rock ballad style of Michael McDonald or Christopher Cross. Overblown renditions of the classic pop tunes "If" (Bread) and "If You Leave Me Now" (Chicago) are surprising distractions and the album might have benefited by using Payne/Omartian compositions in their place -- perhaps a couple of playful melodies to thwart the tediousness of all the ballads. Payne's voice is a fine instrument that fits perfectly in this romantic setting. He's not as forceful or operatic as his contemporaries and his muted tone and shallow vibrato work in his favor, as he exudes a vulnerability that is less technical and more emotional. Despite the lack of sparkling material, Joshua Payne's voice and ability to create dreamy tunes are enough to win anyone over who may simply want to relax and enjoy what the title of one song suggests is "The Art of the Heart."

Product Details

Release Date:
07/13/2004
Label:
Verve
UPC:
0602498612743
catalogNumber:
000163212

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joshua Payne   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Marc Jordan   Synthesizer
Jack Jezzro   Bass
David Angell   Violin
Brent Barkman   Piano
John Catchings   Cello
David Davidson   Violin
Connie Ellisor   Violin
Bruce Gaitsch   Acoustic Guitar
Carl Gorodetzky   Violin,Concert Master
Jim Grosjean   Viola
John Hammond   Percussion,Drums
Dann Huff   Classical Guitar
Anthony LaMarchina   Cello
Lee Larrison   Violin
Bob Mason   Cello
Craig Nelson   Bass,Bass Guitar
Michael Omartian   Synthesizer,Piano,Accordion,Background Vocals
Pamela Sixfin   Violin
Alan Umstead   Violin
Catherine Umstead   Violin
Gary VanOsdale   Viola
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Violin
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar
Kris Wilkinson   Viola
Joy Worland   French Horn
Carl Rabinowitz   Cello
Monisa Angell   Viola
Karen Winkelmann   Violin
Julie Tanner   Cello
Matt Butler   Cello
Cate Myer   Violin
Janet Askey   Violin
Katie Hagen   French Horn
Jennifer Kummer   French Horn
Amy Davis   Background Vocals
Stephan Moccio   Piano
Jon Evans Conley   Bouzouki,Guitar,Electric Guitar
Katie Davis Conley   Background Vocals
Daniel O'Lannerghty   Bass,Bass Guitar
Brent Markman   Piano
John Evans Conley   Bouzouki,Guitar,Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Marc Jordan   Composer
Gilbert Bécaud   Composer
David Gates   Composer
Brent Barkman   Composer
Peter Cetera   Composer
Terry Christian   Engineer
Manny Curtis   Composer
Pierre Delanoé   Composer
Michael Omartian   Arranger,Composer,Producer,String Arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements,Audio Production
Amy Sky   Composer
Ron Goldstein   Executive Producer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Joshua Payne   Arranger,Composer,String Arrangements
Michealle Vanderpool   Groomer
Stephan Moccio   Composer

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Your Love, My Home 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joshua Payne's voice grabs you on the first track and keeps you listening all the way thru the entire CD. He is being compared to Josh Groban and there are similarities, but his voice stands on its own merit. Go ahead, treat yourself to a copy, you deserve it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When it comes to music, choices are very personal; what your ears yearn to hear is all that matters. Reviewers expound on the sound and might sway some but really with music it isn't about what someone else thinks. Joshua Payne's genuine, gentle sweetness is my strongest impression on these tracks. I enjoy ballads when they are sung with emotional generosity and this cd fits my genre perfectly for me. The arrangements could not be more complimenting to this magnificent voice. Joshua Payne has a comfort level with his music and own voice that is refreshingly pure. There is no assault of sound either it's all very respectfully woven together to be as clear, palatable and sensitive as possible. The originality of each piece is done with great care and passion. Even the three remakes are uniquely arranged beautifully. For me this cd is like a great yoga class - envigorating but very peaceful. The zen quality of Joshua Payne's voice is not lost on me. I love this. I think it's the finest release of 2004 to date. It's just my personal opinion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was casually browsing the cd aisles and this one grabbed my attention for some reason. What a happy accident! I used the listening devise and was hooked as soon as I heard Joshua singing the first track. He has a velvety voice that caresses. I immediately purchased it and rushed home to listen to it. I was thrilled to find a new artist I love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
what a beautiful voice!!!!!!!! i really like him! cheryll d. WA.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best voice I have ever heard. I hope another album is on the way.