This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 9/98
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This fifth recording by Mustard's Retreat (Michael Hough and David Tamulevich) is an excellent collection of takes on love, loves lost, life, lives lost and the joys and sorrows of everyday life.
Opening with "Gather The Family," an anthem to caring, sharing and inclusiveness, they sing:
"Remembering My Incarnations" is a more mystical love song with an exquisite mix of music and lyrics. The guitar play and the drums and mandolin match up well with the vocals and harmonies.
Losing love and the resulting emptiness spill forth in "Lost Beyond All Reason," with the music and the lyrics combining to create a compellingness that makes the listener stop what they are doing and listen.
"Well Here We Are" is a well-done, wistful ode on how we too often let the mundane become our life and fail to focus on what is truly important in our lives--the relationships with our loved ones and friends.
A heartfelt love song, "Soft Falls the Snow" creates images and visions too often missing in some of the more banal and saccharine-laden attempts today.
The cycle of maturing love of "In the Cool of the Summer's Evening" is presented with uncommon intelligence and depth.
Produced by and dedicated to Garnet Rogers, this CD contains nice touches of percussion, violin, and harmonies supplied by Lucy Kaplansky, Jennifer Kinball, Kitty Donohue and Rogers.
For the curious, the name Mustard's Retreat is the title of one of Hough's and Tamulevich's early songs, which was derived from a friend's name (Nancy Mustard) and the traditional song "Bonaparte's Retreat."
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