As a fan of the music of Mustard's Retreat I have to be patient - since the last release it has been five years. But I eventually get rewarded with another fine collection of songs in the best of the Mustard's Retreat tradition I came to love when I first heard their Home By The Morning (vinyl!) album in 1983.
The new songs on A Resolution of Something demonstrate again their mastery of the skills of their trade both as performers and songwriters. Occasionally they borrow from a traditional song or weave somebody else's lyrics and their own into a new story. The topics include different angles on being left by or leaving loved ones, road songs (in one song, the former results in the latter), river songs and a tall tale about the origin of the Michigan mosquito. In Pay the Toll, David first sings part of David Mallettīs song "Arthur" and combines it with their view that we are part of our actions in the world. And so is Mindy, in Mindy's Song, who works on a road crew -"...is this what you went to college for?" - and comes up with her own view of the world: "Life's made of songs and mysteries, and little poems, as we all search for that someplace we can call our own."
The musical production by Mustard's Retreat and Garnet Rogers speaks for itself. Except for the bass it's purely acoustic and, with a variety of instruments, adds very tastefully different moods to the clear and unpretentious voices of David and Michael.
The lyrics are printed in the booklet, and there is a track-by-track listing of the participating musicians.
Yes, I like these guys, live, on vinyl or on silver disc.
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