“Home Alone, Too” – Single Review
I’m one of those people who absolutely loves Christmas, so that means I’m also one of those people who starts listening to Christmas music as soon as we hit November 1.
I have a pretty extensive playlist of holiday hits, but my favorites are the deep-cuts. So many artists put out holiday songs – easy cash grab – that really good music sometimes gets lost in the shuffle. For example, “Home Alone, Too” by The Staves.
“Home Alone, Too” is one of those sad holiday songs that reflects on who you were with and what you were doing at Christmas time last year. It’s a delicate ballad, full of vocal harmonies and tinkling piano melodies that give it a classic feel.
It’s a Christmas song in the tradition of “River” by Joni Mitchell (yes, I consider “River” a Christmas song and I will argue about it with anyone who wants to) or “Please Come Home for Christmas,” covered most popularly by the Eagles. The holidays can be a bittersweet time for many people, so it’s nice to hear songs that reflect that feeling.
“And I saw you in your photographs // seems you’re having so much fun // And it’s okay, you don’t belong to me,” the group sings, without malice or sadness. The kicker comes on the chorus: “Are you watching Home Alone, too?” they ask wistfully, perfectly summing up how strange it can feel to think of someone who’s not in your life anymore doing something you once did together.
The song came out in 2018, but I think it’s criminal that it’s not on everyone’s holiday playlists, so I’m taking this opportunity to let you all know you’ve been missing out.
Check out “Home Alone, Too” here!
India McCarty is a music journalist from Charleston, SC. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Belmont University, where she was a frequent contributor to the school newspaper, The Belmont Vision. She has been published by Soundigest, Bandtwango and TheThings.com. She loves pop music, and is always on the lookout for new artists and songs that experiment with the genre.