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Posted: Tue May 19, 2009 10:43 am
By Beeb Ashcroft

Quote: "Tender and introspective songs with the kind of realness and
authenticity that is becoming quite rare."

An engaging collection of folk rock tunes, Walt Cronin's The Gousters
is a homespun and charming effort. Warm, earthy sounds envelope the
listener as Cronin delivers work that is solidly written with a
compelling sincerity. Many of these songs are about war, often
sounding like the contemporary answer to the folk protest songs of
1960s artists like Pete Seeger.

Penned by Vietnam veteran Cronin in relation to his personal
experiences, the themes of his music still resonate in today's world.
"Flowers In Her Hand" is the story of a young war widow, while "The
Rift" narrates Cronin's own inner struggles dealing with his
experiences as a Navy Corpsman. Regardless of the listener's personal
views, we all acknowledge the human sacrifice that war entails. While
there are obviously political themes on here, for the most part these
are intimate, personal recollections based on his own life.

The sweet, almost naive sensibilities of the music is juxtaposed to
the stories Cronin tells about the aftermath of war; this sad contrast
evokes a feeling of innocence lost. But Cronin's underlying optimism
and hope is a thread throughout the album - and this is ultimately a
story of healing, and of love prevailing. And love does prevail: "You
Are The Light" is a gentle, romantic ballad that ends the album on an
uplifting note.

These are tender and introspective songs with the kind of realness and
authenticity that is becoming quite rare. Cronin shows his
craftsmanship for twangy, down-home rock on cuts such as "Like A Day
Like Today" and "The Rift," my two favorite cuts from this record.
Cronin has a lot of stories to tell, and I will look forward to
hearing more of them in the future.

Hi Folks: I've forwarded one of our reviews from so
that you may consider our new CD "Walt Cronin The Gousters" for
listening and reviews.Thank you in advance for your consideration.
This is the link for the above review.

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