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Ron E. Rawhoof

Too Much to Lose

Review by Gary Hill

Folk rock singer songwriter type music is the main order of business here. Ron Rawhoof has put together a pretty effective set within that general territory. I’d have to say that the disc does suffer a little from a lack of variety. Also, the vocals at times don’t gel as well as I’d like. All that said, though, this is a good disc and a solid effort.

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Track by Track Review
Sweet Eileen

More or less a folk rock tune, this gets pretty intense at times.

Auf Wiedersehen
Although the instrumentation is still folk there is a good chunk of world music here and some how this feels more like a rock tune.
Children Play
There are symphonic strings over the top of the arrangement here. Beyond that it’s more like a soft rock or folk ballad. Somehow the arrangement makes me think a little of some of the 1960s Rolling Stones sounds, but the vocals aren’t like Jagger at all. It’s an intriguing cut that works quite well. 
Pandora
Intricate and pretty, this is not that different in terms of arrangement or style from the other music here. That said, it’s exceptionally effective. Somehow it works better than the first few tracks here.
Too Much to Lose

The title track is more of a singer-songwriter tune. It’s another good one.

Little Treva
Here we get some well needed variety. This starts off feeling much like jazz. It gets a shuffling sort of vibe as they continue. This is a great tune. In fact, I’d chalk it up as the best piece here. It rocks and has a lot of character and charm to it. The horn adds so much to the mix and the groove is classy, too.
Hero

Acoustic guitar based and quite folky in nature, this is another song that’s good on its own. The only problem is that other than gems like the previous tune, there’s not enough variety here. That means songs like this can’t really stand up all that high amongst the album as a whole.

Pennies in the Well

Now, here’s another that brings variety. That same kind of shuffling jazz sound is heard again. Yet, this number is quite different from “Little Treva.” It’s got a real retro jazz pop texture. It’s another highlight of the set.

Build My Boat

Slide guitar brings some country to the table here.

Magda Holds Her Guitar

The same mellow folk sound is the basis for this track. The thing is, the melody is strong enough to make this one really stand tall. The story is touching and sad.

 
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