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Trio of Awesuhm


Review by Gary Hill

This is quite a varied and intriguing set. The music ranges from pure folk music all the way up to progressive rock based sounds. The female vocals (Monica Uhm - who is also the exclusive songwriter here) on the set are quite strong, and the songwriting is definitely effective. It all adds up to a disc that's entertaining from start to finish.

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Track by Track Review
Last Night
Roots music with a definite leaning toward country is on display here. I like the vocal performance on this cut a lot, but the song structure is also a big part of why the cut succeeds. All in all, this is essentially a folk rock number that is strong, making it a good opener. The guitar fills later in the track are particularly classy.

This has a real psychedelic rock meets prog kind of vibe to it. It's a killer cut that feels part folk prog and part Jefferson Airplane. There are some jazzy overtones built into it, too. It's a classy, retro textured number.  The instrumental section (and particularly the the guitar soloing) on this number really reinforces that Airplane connection.

Love Everybody

Acoustic guitar leads this off in a mellow, folk-styled way. Piano and other elements are added to the arrangement, followed by the gentle vocals. This cut is playful and one of the most purely folk based pieces here. The harmonica is a nice touch.

Begging the Radio
Folk rock is the order of business on this cut. It's energetic and classic in tone. The vocal progression on this is particularly infectious. In fact, I'd consider this song a highlight of the set. The guitar solo on it is so tasty, too.
Just Hurting
A balladic cut, this moves slowly and has a nice blending of jazzy and folk based styles. Some of the instrumental work later in the piece brings some hints of country music to it.
Roots music is at the heart of this piece. It's another that lands firmly in the realm of folk rock, but more of the emphasis is on the folk end of that equation. Like much of the best folk music, the lyrics are topical.
After the Show
Old school folk music in on the agenda here. It's another that feels a bit playful. Harmonica is a nice touch on this cut.
A bluesy kind of vibe is on display on this retro rocker. It's another that makes me think of Jefferson Airplane to some degree. The organ lends old school textures. There are times when the guitar work on the number calls to mind The Grateful Dead just a bit. There are some decidedly jazz moments, too, though.
More & More
Starting somewhat mellow, this powers out into the hardest rocking tune of the set. There is a lot of progressive rock built into it this. It has a nice contrast between the more melodic movements and the more powered up ones. This is arguably the strongest tune of the set.
Mighty Waters
Folk rock with some country and jazz in the mix is the concept here. This is a classy tune that works well. I think I would have probably closed the set with the previous number, switching it and this one, but that's not a big issue.


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