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With Tony Visconti producing and Bob Clearmountain mixing, Alejandro Escovedo’s 2010 release, Streets Songs of Love, is one Escovedo’s toughest-sounding albums to date. The guitars punch, the drums kick, the back-up singers trace every step and Escovedo becomes a glam-rocker, or at least a well-heeled Bowery Bum from years past, walking the rain-slicked streets looking for love. Veteran rockers show their support. Bruce Springsteen shows up for a duet of “Faith.” Ian Hunter lends his vocals to the ballad “Down In the Bowery,” which could be a Willy DeVille or a Jesse Malin number, depending on which generation you recall. The title track sparks from a walking funk backbeat. “This Bed Is Getting Crowded,” “Tender Heart” and “Undesired” are amped-up anthems, co-written with Chuck Prophet, that suggest what the E Street Band might sound like with a few more watts. “After the Meteor Showers” recalls the heartbreaking balladry of John Hiatt. “Tula” adds a noirscape to its funky blues. “Man from Japan” ends things with Escovedo sounding like David Bowie rumbling through the Earth after the apocalypse.

Customer Reviews

Alejandro the Great!

Simply put, he's one of the best living American songwriters.
Cheers Alejandro! Thanks for another fantastic album!

Album of the year!

The best of the year, without question.

Street Songs

Alejandro played 9 of these songs live at San Jose Cafe during (Austin, Texas') South by Southwest festival and STREET SONGS OF LOVE is (without listening one than once) almost as strong as REAL ANIMAL. Buy it!


Born: 1951 in San Antonio, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Alejandro Escovedo's family tree includes former Santana percussionist Pete Escovedo and Pete's daughter Sheila E (also Prince's former drummer and later a pop star). He began his music career with the Nuns, a mid-'70s punk band based in San Francisco. He co-founded the pioneering cowpunk band Rank and File in 1979, which moved to Austin, Texas in 1981 after a stint in New York City. The band released Sundown on Slash Records in 1982, but shortly after, Escovedo left to form the True Believers with...
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