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Billy Ray Cyrus

Home at Last – 2007 (Walt Disney)

Reviewed by Jeffrey B. Remz

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Billy Ray Cyrus isn't the most popular member of his family these days as daughter Miley Cyrus, aka Hannah Montana, is doing a lot better with her acting and singing career. Cyrus, who goes Hollywood label wise here, can't point to these 13 songs as his creative streak to change that.

"My Everything" may be the best cut among the 13 with a laid back, but heartfelt performance amidst mandolin spicing up the song. The opening "Ready, Set, Don't Go" also finds Cyrus in good form.

But the album really suffers on the cover material picked - "Brown Eyed Girl," "You've Got a Friend," "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" and "Over the Rainbow." With each pick, Cyrus does nothing to improve on the original or put his own stamp on it, a must if going to choose such classics. On "You've Got a Friend," Cyrus' delivery is way too smooth. He fares far far better on the more soulful readings of "Brown Eyed Girl" and "Put a Little Love in Your Heart," which sounds far more natural. One wonders why he put such well-known covers on the disc to begin with instead of being more creative.