Home Is Loud does not have the slick production values of Tift Merritt's two studio albums, and it doesn't have any new material. It's a live album. Tift is in the process of developing her next album of original music, but for those of us who need a Tift fix, this isn't a bad solution. After you listen to the album a few times, the vocal qualities will grow on you. The album definitely captures the excitement of her live performances better than do the studio albums; too bad it doesn't include the visuals.
The performance at the N.C. Museum of Art from Bramble Rose Day 2005 was more Rock 'n' Roll than the allegedly country slant of Bramble Rose or Tambourine (though I don't find Tambourine particularly country despite the Grammy nomination). For those of us who were at the show, it is a nice chronicle of an exiting evening.