This effort is the first of her albums, where Owens finds herself acting as co-producer. In addition, she teams up with friend and longtime collaborator Monroe Jones, and she also experiments on four of the songs with label mate/producer Will Hunt. She also worked with Vince Emmett in Nashville to cut the final tracks and joined Ben Wisch in New York City for the final mixes.
One of the project's highlights is the opening cut, "Waiting For Tomorrow," which has electronics laced throughout and is a diversion from the typical soothing ballads that one might come to expect as on her previous works.
Another noteable song is "Wonderful Wonder." The song boldly talks about Owens' faith. She articulates her feelings clearly and says it is a topic she has wanted to write about for a few years. As a portion of the lyrics relate, "I don't know the ocean's crystal blue/And I don't climb the mountains for view/Or wish upon the stars above my head/Or bear witness to a marvelous sunset/But the very thought of things I've never seen/Is all it takes to bring me to my knees."
My favorite, and a definite standout is the song "Pieces," which is a rock and blues influenced number that Owens co-wrote with Wayne Kirkpatrick. The song talks about how many pieces we might be in and how God works in our lives to fit those pieces together according to His plan.
Owens reflects honesty and transparency in her songwriting and that is one aspect of Long Way Home that sets her apart as one of today's outstanding singer/songwriters.
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