As long as country has been a genre, the subjects of tumultuous love, heartache, and regret have been at the center of the genre’s songs. Wisely using reality and relatability often partnered with the storytelling method of country music’s timeless lyrical structure to paint pictures of heartache and loss, the country genre has always managed to push ahead and persist in the mainstream. Continuing such an esteemed tradition, Ricky Forest is back with his newest single “Honey Please Come Home,” a song as much about love as it is about regret and heartache. There’s a refined sense of self at the heart of the single that feels unattached from the current state of music, the single’s old-fashioned sensibilities never clouding over with thoughts of what modern music might do with the same material.
Ricky Forest is a veteran at this point; having twenty years under his belt, “Honey Please Come Home” feels like a major departure from the kind of country music you’ll see out on the radio these days. It’s a traditional send-up to the classic style of country music, and it never shifts into some post-ironic, self-aware modern twist on country music, which a lot of modern songs seem to be. There’s a warm instrumental for Ricky to sing on, and his deep, rich vocals give listeners more than enough to chew on. The song’s structure feels fresh and new like that of an artist on the rise, even though Forest has been working on his material for years.
Forest’s presence as a singer-songwriter, musician, and performer is impeccable and this single functions as a great showcase for his overall ambitions as a rising star. The fact that he spent time in three separate bands throughout his time as a growing songwriter makes sense, as his confidence on the track never wavers. There’s a classical quality to his vocals that never steeps into feeling derivative, as he ultimately makes the vocal delivery his own. There’s not a lot of info about Forest and his releases available, but the concept that he might be releasing more in the same vein as this means a lot for his current musical career path.
As it stands, “Honey Please Come Home” is close to making its mark as a standout single from 2022, both within its genre and within music releases as a whole. The classic approach to a great narrative in a song is something that can’t be beaten, and Ricky Forest manages to pull it off beyond even basic attempts, delivering a type of song you would never expect to come across in contemporary music. The vocals, in particular, elevate the track above anything else on the radio, but as a whole, there’s hardly anything to hold against a track as confident and well-made as “Honey Please Come Home.” There’s still plenty to be said about the act of heartbreak, and the act of taking said heartbreak and regret and turning it into art, and you can bet Forest will be there to make great music out of all of it.
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