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'Parenthood' Premieres Gritty New Track

Hear Mae Whitman sing "I Should Have Taken You Home"

Mae Whitman, Peter Krause and Dax Shepard.
Colleen Hayes/NBC Universal
November 21, 2013 9:00 AM ET

Click to Listen to Mae Whitman Singing "I Should Have Taken You Home"

"Election Day," tonight's heartwarming episode of Parenthood, is a shining example of what the NBC dramedy does best: interweaving grandiose and miniscule storylines that, emotionally, hit meteoric highs and incredible lows. One of the more triumphant moments finds Amber Holt (Mae Whitman) singing backup to Oliver Rome (Tyson Ritter of the All-American Rejects) on "I Should Have Taken You Home." Whitman, previously featured during Season Two on the Landon Pigg track "Gardenia," shines here with poised vocals that perfectly compliment Ritter's more rugged delivery.

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