Personnel: John Michael Montgomery (vocals); Darrell Scott (acoustic guitar, mandolin, background vocals); Biff Watson (acoustic guitar); Brent Mason (electric guitar); Paul Franklin (electric slide & steel guitars); Sam Bush (mandolin); Jerry Douglas (dobro); Larry Franklin (fiddle); Steve Nathan (piano, organ, keyboards); Glenn Worf, Dave Pomeroy (bass); Greg Morrow (drums); Sam Bacco (percussion); Jason Sellers, Keith Sewell, Wendy Buckner, Larry Marrs, Garth Fundis, Curtis Young, John Wesley Ryles, Dennis Wilson, Liana Manis, Rebecca Lynn Howard (background vocals).
Montgomery stays in familiar, romantic ballad territory on HOME TO YOU, a CD's worth of songs full of swooning devotion and desire. The best of these are the lovely title track, a song about how comforting it is to have someone you love waiting for you at home, and "Holding An Amazing Love," which narrates the emotions of a blue-collar guy who thinks he doesn't deserve his woman's love. Another standout is the mid-tempo, melodic "You Are," a sure-to-please number in which the narrator insists his feelings are deeper than his lover realizes.
Even when Montgomery kicks it up a notch, as he does on the energetic "Love Made Me Do It," and the turbo-charged "Hello L-O-V-E," he stays firmly on the topic of romance. The one exception is the closing track, "Nothing Catches Jesus By Surprise," one of two songs on HOME TO YOU co-written by Waylon Jennings. This introspective cut seems to be the musings of the male half of a longtime couple, but the lyrics are impressionistic enough to introduce an element of ambiguity. It's an unusual choice of material, but one that adds a bit of variety to HOME TO YOU's love-fest.
Entertainment Weekly (6/4/99, p.87) - "...['Nothing Catches Jesus By Surprise' is] the most enigmatic song to come out of Nashville this year..." - Rating: B-