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Beaulieu, Tom - Acoustic / Mission, The
Album:Mission, The Collection:Country
Artist:Beaulieu, Tom - Acoustic Added:01/2018
Label:Self-Release 

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Add Date:2018-02-07 Pull Date:2018-04-11 Charts:Country/Bluegrass
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Album Review
Kim Walter
Reviewed 2018-01-31 


Tom Beaulieu Acoustic “The Mission”
Four albums in one! Distinctly different songs and styles! Tracks 1-6 feature the folk artist singing acoustic versions of his and other’s songs. tracks 8-9 have a 4 member band, and a much fuller sound. Tracks 12-18 are poems by Marie Vaeni with soundbeds. I was really surprised that this section of the album was so good. And, its unexpectedness on a musical album made it even better. I would have liked a little more info about her. Tracks 19-27 are from “Alice’s Doll House,” which was a stage production by Beaulieu that combined both spoken word and music. Best IMHO: 1, 3, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18**, 20, 23, 25, 26, 27

1*. Slow - All I could think of was Neil Young
2. Slow/Med - nice guitar, almost upbeat song by Robert Hunter
3*. Slow - Tom’s version of “Forever Young” by Bob Dylan. I both like it and I don’t
4. Slow/Med - Mellow, but upbeat for him / original song
5. Slow - Jerry Garcia/ Robert Hunter song that pertains to the album theme.
6. Slow - Unfortunate version of the Lennon/McCartney classic, “Let it Be”
7. Spoken info over the next four songs
8*. Med - Jazzy, mainly percussion, homage to the author’s friend and inspiration, Ray
9*. Med - “Come Together” cover - unique and sounds great. Worth a listen
10*. Slow - Sadly, this cover of one of my all time favorite Led Zeppelin songs didn’t do it for me. OK music though
11*. Med - A slightly funky version of a traditional song
13** The experience of rain
14** A little girl’s ball
15** Description of a country home. Dog barking in background
16** poem about a girl, Daffney, with a percussive backdrop
17** About Mary’s dad and nature, with a didgeridoo sounding instrument
18*** Funky music bed to poem about experience scuba diving
19. Spoken intro to next chunk
20*Nice Instrumental, talented guitar
22. Med - Rock. almost a progressive rock sound with blues beat
23*. slow/med -Sounds like the soundtrack from a 70s TV show
24. slow/med - Neil Young sound, nice guitar
25**. Med - Funk music with a grumpy old man grumbling - perfect for Tom’s voice
26*. Med - Wow. past of a larger work, but a stand alone psych rock number
27*. Med - Another psych tune - reminds me of Rocky horror picture show.

Track Listing
1.Brroken Arrow 14.Little Girl
2.Must Have Been The Roses 15.Jacksons Paradise
3.Forever Young 16.Daffney
4.Cat Song 17.Mary's Dad
5.Mission In The Rain 18.Into The Deep
6.Let It Be 19.Mary Talks ( Intro To 20-27)
7.Mary Talks (Intro To 8-11) 20.Paying Back The Golden Goose
8.Meyer Mayhem 21.Alice's Puppets
9.Come Together 22.Dealing Disgrace
10.Thank You 23.Death
11.Samson And Delihla 24.Morning Train
12.Mary Talks (Intro To 14 - 18) 25.Nobody Home
13.Rain 26.Returning His Time
 27.Alison