Carleen Williams’ voice is the proverbial cherry on top here on “Home Stretch.” The first thing that truly grabbed my attention is the fact that she seems to be extremely versatile with her talent. Williams knows how to use her voice and how to create some smooth textures by controlling her dynamics and letting the sound breathe more when needed.
Because of her ability to control and shift the pace of her performance, she is also able to create a really special magnetism, making her song all the more effective. The artist’s most recent single, “Home Stretch,” is a track that feels inspiring and easy to relate to. The cut has some very uplifting melodies – the sound of hope, passion and brightness, which finds a perfect match in the artist’s striking ability to create beautiful vocal layers.
Clocking in at slightly over the four-minute mark, this song unfolds beautifully throughout the arrangement. I also think that it is worth mentioning the quality of the production. The mix is great, polished, crisp, and bright enough that it enables every single element to shine without anything overshadowing the rest. Every element is important, and Williams is a masterful singer at soaring on top of the music while still remaining firmly anchored to the track’s instrumental backdrop. In these crazy and stressful times, it is always amazing to hear from an artist who is so inspired and inspiring. We all need more positivity in the world, and a track like “Home Stretch” definitely hits the spot with all the right vibes. The soothing piano and vocal arrangement eventually evolves into a ballad-type arrangement with some drum patterns and additional instrumental layers to further color the sound. The drums in particular have a punchy sound yet still fit the mood of this cut and perfectly match the song’s mellow attitude and soothing pace. “Home Stretch” remains consistent throughout its duration in terms of intensity yet it feels like an exciting rollercoaster ride with so many excellent twists and turns.