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Mando Saenz - Bucket


Mando Saenz

Carnival Recording Co.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

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Bucket is the second disc from this Mexican born, Texas raised songwriter, who this time around partnered up with some of Nashville's finest, including his Producer R.S. Field, Will Kimbrough, and Kim Richey to finish up writing these songs. They remain the stories of the lives behind the people about whom literature is written, but who don't read what is written about them: the truth seekers, and drifters who have to drift to maintain, the artists who have to create but don't care about the selling of their work. Saenz moves to a roots rock stance with electric guitars on this disc without losing the more acoustic tinged feel of his earlier disc, Watertown, behind and not losing any of the strength or sensitivity of his songs. He has enlisted companions to flesh out this project with the security of their strength as musicians to go with his feel here; people such as Kenny Vaughan, Will Kimbrough, David Grissom and Richard Bennett. His soft-spoken tenor voice remains a constant from the first track and contributes to a feel that permeates this disc that almost runs contrary to the electricity of the guitars and drums. There is a chaotic factor in life that Saenz recognizes and incorporates into his songs without them feeling disjointed or incomprehensible. They don't necessarily move in a linear fashion, however the story lines are clear and focused. The songs are broader in scope and the music more adventurously daring exposing more of the song/portrait to view. A great leap forward with hints to what the future may contain.

Track List:

  • Wrong Guy
  • Pocket of Red
  • A Touch is All
  • Pittsburgh
  • Seven Dollars
  • In The Back of Your Mind
  • I Don't Like It
  • All Grown Up
  • Come Out Tonight
  • Candy Red
  • Last Goodbye

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2007, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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