Walt Cronin and The Gousters
  • 01 Way Back Home
  • 02 Dancin' Girl
  • 03 Sense The World
  • 04 All These Things
  • 05 One Step Over
  • 06 We Go On
  • 07 If I Knew A Hero
  • 08 Tumble Me Down
  • 09 Vagabonds
  • 10 Once Again
  • 11 Try To Be Kind
  • 12 Sleep Wake
  • 13 We Were Young Then
  • 01 Way Back Home
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (04:17) [9.82 MB]
  • 02 Dancin' Girl
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (03:29) [7.97 MB]
  • 03 Sense The World
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (03:28) [7.94 MB]
  • 04 All These Things
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (03:43) [8.5 MB]
  • 05 One Step Over
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (03:53) [8.89 MB]
  • 06 We Go On
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (03:23) [7.76 MB]
  • 07 If I Knew A Hero
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (02:48) [6.42 MB]
  • 08 Tumble Me Down
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (03:53) [8.87 MB]
  • 09 Vagabonds
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (03:03) [6.98 MB]
  • 10 Once Again
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (04:17) [9.82 MB]
  • 11 Try To Be Kind
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (03:44) [8.55 MB]
  • 12 Sleep Wake
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (04:56) [11.31 MB]
  • 13 We Were Young Then
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (03:52) [8.87 MB]
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Biography
The cover image of Sense The World, the latest from Walt Cronin & the Gousters, belies the music just behind that jacket. With the photo, a close-up of a butterfly (or moth?) resting on an outstretched finger, a deep blue sky and tree branches in the background, you’d be forgiven for expecting George Winston-esque nature and seasonal-themed piano suites. In reality, Cronin and his band churn through a baker’s dozen of solid Americana/roots music that segues seamlessly into country and folk, all delivered with an impressive baritone bringing to mind Kris Kristofferson and Leonard Cohen.

Surprisingly, Cronin didn’t start writing songs until he was 49, around the time many musicians start looking for the exit, and after a steady clip of releases, this album took eight years to complete. Sense The World, his fifth record finds him tackling a broad range of topics, from death (“We Go On”) and lost love (“Vagabond”) to life after Vietnam (“Way Back Home”). Cronin’s biggest strength, even more so than that distinctive voice, is his knack for writing great lyrics. The most up-tempo track on the album, “All These Things,” sounds like a long lost Jerry Jeff Walker or Bobbie Bare song.

While there are some powerful moments on the record, like the somber “Tumble Me Down” and “Once Again,” a song that is deceptively simple but brimming with clever lyrics, there are also several missteps here that fail to live up to the promise of other tracks; moments when the lush instrumentation seems to overshadow Cronin’s powerful lyrics. But those moments are not enough to drag down an otherwise remarkable album, an impressive entry into Cronin’s growing cannon. Eight years in the making, but worth the wait.

John B Moore (The Daily Ripple)

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