by Brian Baker
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If great reviews and the respect of your peers were tangible income, Warren Buffett would be paying 30% tax on his income as Alejandro Escovedo’s secretary. From the start of Escovedo’s solo career — after a brief stint with the Kinman brothers in Rank and File and a turn in his own shoulda-been-huge True Believers in the ’80s — the hypertalented singer/songwriter has been long on critical acclaim and short on commercial success for a variety of reasons (label and distribution trouble, no love at radio, health issues), but he has continued to grow and evolve as an artist to the delight and amazement of his cultishly proportioned and loyal fan base.Escovedo’s debut for Fantasy, Big Station, is the third in a de facto trilogy that began with 2008’s Real Animal and continued on 2010’s Street Songs of Love. Following those adrenalized-yet-sensitive rock albums/sonic scrapbooks, his first collaborations with fellow cult singer/songwriter Chuck Prophet and iconic producer Tony Visconti, Escovedo reassembles the dream team on Big Station, a set that rumbles with themes of home, love and a sense of place. The album’s first single, “Man of the World,” bristles like Eddie Cochran shot through with a few thousand volts of Tom Petty; if there was any justice in the world, it would be pouring out of every car radio this summer. Like the best of Escovedo’s catalog, Big Station offers electric muscle (“Party People”), acoustic power (the title track) and heartbursting balladry (“Bottom of the World”), all of which he paints with the perfect brush and touch. Escovedo’s exquisite gift is his ability to blend his Mexicali heritage with his unabashed love of ’60s Rock, ’70s Glam and Punk and ’80s Twang Pop and twist it into a sound that is weirdly familiar and pointedly fresh. And like everything he’s done, Big Station is his absolute best for now.
0 Comments · Monday, July 26, 2010
With a catalog that's almost ridiculously littered with excellence, Alejandro Escovedo's latest album is a continuation of 2008's 'Real Animal,' as legendary producer Tony Visconti helms the boards and Escovedo collaborates with songwriter Chuck Prophet once again, with the trio The Sensitive Boys creating a similarly inspired set.
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Effusive praise and predictions of imminently wild success have greeted just about every Alejandro Escovedo release for the past 20 years, and it's hard to pinpoint why the Austin-based singer/songwriter still languishes in the realm of cult adoration. The presence of Bruce Springsteen and Ian Hunter on his new album, 'Street Songs of Love,' might attract some of their fan bases who have yet to discover the joys of Escovedo, but the good news contained here is that his power to effect listeners on an elemental level remains stronger than ever.
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0 Comments · Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Alejandro Escovedo's career has been a successful one, but the acclaim — and public support — for him has come slowly, without any one major hit. If anything, at age 59 his following is still growing as he finds his groove as an Austin-based Roots musician capable of explosively rockin' out one minute and writing a doleful, tuneful string-accompanied romantic ballad the next.