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Mustard's Retreat - A Resolution of Something

A Resolution of Something

Mustard's Retreat

Mustard's Retreat
203 Beakes, No.4
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Guntram Gudowius
(gg10555@yahoo.de)

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.

Track List:

  • The Road Back Home To You
  • The Summer and You
  • Stars On My Left
  • Phone Messages
  • The Fishing Video
  • Shenandoah (trad.)
  • Down the River
  • The Water Is Wide (trad., new lyrics by Michael, David and Heather MacFarland)
  • Pay the Toll
  • Solitary Beach
  • Mindy's Song
  • A Resolution of Something
  • Bowling Green
  • The Michigan Mosquitoes
  • A Mile Beyond Trouble
Songs written by Tamulevich and/or Hough except where noted

The Musicians

David Tamulevich - vocal, guitar, harmonica
Michael Hough - vocal, bass, guitar
Garnet Rogers - fiddle, guitars
Peter Ostroushko - fiddle, mandolin
David Woodhead - piano, accordion, fretless bass, bass
Jack Williams - guitars
Danny Cox - drums

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2003, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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