The Road Home is not only my favorite Heart album, it's one of my favorite albums, period. I feel like it's the album where they put it all together and created something new and magical. Annie's voice (best female rock vocalist of all time) is as potent as ever and Nancy's guitar playing is matured and aged like a fine wine.
Normally I don't care for covers too much, but the few included on this album are done well, especially Joni Mitchell's "River", which is a favorite of mine, and "Love Hurts".
I was starting to list the standout cuts of their own material, but then realized that was silly, because they all are standouts. Each is a gem. I can't say enough about the instrumental and vocal arrangements for these versions. They retain what was good about the originals, but then transcend.
My favorite cut on the album is Crazy on You. It wasn't a song I paid much attention to originally. Then I saw them perform it live in concert and it blew me away as they powered through it and it became one of my favorites. The version on The Road Home is drastically different from the studio version and their previous live versions. And it's all the better for it. It blew me away yet again, this time with a strong blues component mixed in with the rock. It's worth buying the album just for this rendition alone.
The only weak spot on the album? "All I Wanna Do is Make Love to You." It's a stupid song, I've always hated it, and why they ever thought it was a good idea to revisit it I have no idea. I conveniently skip over it every time. Thank goodness for the digital age.
Hard core fans probably already have this album in their collections. Anyone else who is even mildly interested in Heart needs to get this one next as it highlights everything that is great about them.