Terry Gonda - Love, Lose, Repeat

Thursday 1st July 2004
Terry Gonda - Love, Lose, Repeat
Terry Gonda - Love, Lose, Repeat

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

I first encountered this tremendous American singer/songwriter at Greenbelt (she's played there twice) and, having enjoyed her 'Mud And Milk' EP have been keen to hear more. Now this 13-song item rewards my anticipation. Apart from a couple of unnecessary covers (Terry does great things with Townes Van Zant's "If I Needed You" but trying to get an individual twist on a classic like Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now" is a fruitless exercise). But when she turns to her own appealing compositions, the effect is very attractive - "Not This One", her wistful musical account of that man throwing star fish back into the sea; "Call You", a wistful reminder that love himself calls us by name; and "Snow Storm Blues", an emotive tale of driving through a blizzard, are all appealing with Terry's warm, deftly expressive voice purring in appealing cadences. With strong arrangement, featuring acoustic guitars, mandolin and on some tracks cello, this is mature, impressively executed music for thoughtful adults.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Home [Listen]
2. Jean [Listen]
3. Home Again [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by Kevin in Michigan, USA @ 02:55 on Jan 17 2010

I've seen Terry twice at small venues, and she's just great. Sounds a little like Karen Carpenter.

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