Furthering his reputation as one of the modern punk scene's most dizzying perpetual-motion machines, Thrice's frontman embarks on something of a busman's holiday with this short, sharp collection, which uses its demo-tape sparseness to emphasize a crystal-clear delivery of the eight songs included herein. While Please Come Home is every bit as passionate as his band's best work, Kensrue pumps down the volume palpably, settling into a darkly soulful range that's one part Springsteen, one part Ry Cooder. By lacing songs like "Consider the Ravens" and "Pistol" with acoustic leads -- which he's described as having been plucked out on a pawnshop-salvage-quality six-string -- that alternate between slashing the listener and soothing those wounds, he hits pretty much the entire emotional continuum. For those accustomed to the singer's often wildly arcing performances, Please Come Home might take some getting used to -- seeing as it's as much a psychic departure as it is a sonic deviation -- but Kensrue rewards that effort with songs that leave listeners feeling worn-but-warm, sapped at the end of a long, emotional ride.
|Label:||Equal Vision Records|