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Alejandro Escovedo - Real Animal

Real Animal

Alejandro Escovedo

Back Porch/Manhattan Records

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A review written for the Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottllieb

For this, his ninth solo project, Alejandro Escovedo enlisted Tony Visconti to produce it, and wrote all the songs with Chuck Prophet, this might be called a musical timeline of his career in song. This outing is one of his strongest efforts, and also one of the most rooted in the earth discs he has done. There are songs that are reminiscent of the various bands he has been in; such as Rank and File and The True Believers, as well as of his trips into the glam, punk, roots, and country genres as troubadour; explorations to investigate the spaces. Look at the diversity of music that runs in his family; brothers Pete and Coke, both percussionists with Santana and Pete's daughter Sheila E longtime Prince collaborator. This is his second disc since he collapsed on stage and almost died in 2003 of untreated Hepatitis C. This disc shows a songwriter overcoming a near death, growing stronger, and stands with the best work he has done. As the music has become fuller and edgier, it has also become more risky and audacious, taking chances that hold great rewards when they work, and on this effort they do. He is incorporating violin and cello in addition to what might be called a typical five-piece rock band. This man who won artist of the decade by the wonderful, but now defunct magazine, No Depression, is moving on and getting stronger and playing closer to the void than ever, and reaping the rewards for taking those chances.

Track List:

  • Always A Friend
  • Chelsea Hotel '78
  • Sister Lost Soul
  • Smoke
  • Sensitive Boys
  • People (We're Only Gonna Live So Long)
  • Golden Bear
  • Nuns Song
  • Real As An Animal
  • Hollywood Hills
  • Swallows Of San Juan
  • Chip N'Tony
  • Slow Down

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2008, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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