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When It’s All Over

Review by Gary Hill

The mix between folk and country here is fairly balanced. Some songs land nearly in one camp or the other. Yet some of the other pieces are a good blending of the two. There are no weak songs here, but there are some extremely strong ones. I’d have to say that the second half of the album works better for me than the first half does. Still, it is all quite effective.

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Track by Track Review
When It's All Over

I like the intricate instrumental work on this. The vocals are gentle. This is a pretty folk song with some country elements in the mix.

Backwards Just Because
This is more of a powered up country number. It’s classy stuff for sure. It’s also a nice change.
Wasting Time
Here we get another mellower tune that’s really a ballad. It has only a little country in the mix. It’s more folk turned psychedelic rock.
One by One
This is an acoustic based number. It lands between mellower and more rocking territory. Similarly it’s between country and folk rock, but more along the country end of the spectrum. It’s a strong tune.
Playing with Fire
This balladic number is one of my favorites here. It’s a song that makes me think of something like The Rolling Stones might have done. It still has plenty of country in the mix, particularly in terms of the pedal steel guitar. .
Nothing Does Anything
A fairly rocking tune, this is very much folk rock. Sure, there is still some country in the mix, but more as flavoring. It’s a highlight of the set with accessible hooks and some great melodies.
Careless
A mellower folky cut, this has some of the most intricate acoustic guitar work of the whole set. It also has some great moods. It’s fairly understated, but also another standout cut.
Loving You
I like the pedal steel guitar on this. It’s a very retro textured country number. It’s classy stuff with a real classic sound.
Oh This World
This is an extremely mellow and slow tune. It’s quite melancholy. It’s also very evocative and powerful. I love this number. It’s one of the best here. It gets more oomph as it continues. It’s far more of a folk piece than it is country.
 
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