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Working once again with producer Tony Visconti and songwriter Chuck Prophet, Alejandro Escovedo continues to mine the territory between roots music and modest pop ambition. Visconti ensures the sound never dries out; it retains a bright punch even when Escovedo might be inclined to turn dark and serious. "Can't Make Me Run" adds a trumpet behind spaghetti western guitars and a bass line that insists on propping up the groove. "Man of the World" features determined electric guitars that, along with the insistent backing vocals, recall David Johansen's early solo work. The title track features a driving rhythm, plus electric and acoustic guitars that break into an indelible hook. However, it's the acoustics and night beat of "Sally Was a Cop" that bring out a sense of doom while Escovedo humanizes the tale of a drug war and its very real victims. Escovedo's punk roots ensure he never goes quietly. Tracks like "Common Mistake," "Headstrong Crazy Fools," and "Party People" pulse with purpose and a backbone that no amount of production can smooth over. 

Customer Reviews

Great album

This is the best Escovedo in a while. Great versatility without sacrificing his distinctive sound. Love it!

Best since "Thirteen Years"

I've loved everyone of Alejandro Escovedo's records going back over 20 years for different reasons. This is his best since "Thirteen Years." It's a bit of a departure, but it's also an arrival. This record is brave, and gorgeous. Truly inspiring.

I was prepared not to like this album...

....I had heard both "Man of the World" and "Sally Was A Cop" a few weeks before and, while I thought they were OK tunes, they weren't jaw-droppers like "Anchor", "Tender Heart" or "Castanets" - so I thought BIG STATION was going to be a bit of a let-down - but wow, was I wrong - this album is a great listen - you can't go wrong with "Bottom of the World", "Can't Make Me Run" and "Common Mistake" while "San Antonio Rain" is just a classic AE tune that could easily fit on anything pre-"A Man Under The Influence" ("the last thing I need is something that'll dull my pain") - and yes, even "Man of the World" and "Sally Was A Cop" have grown on me

So turn it ON, turn it UP, sing along LOUD and enjoy yourself - this is rock'n'roll for adults that doesn't disappoint

Thanks, AE


Born: 1951 in San Antonio, TX

Genre: Rock

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

A celebrated singer and songwriter, Alejandro Escovedo has as eclectic a background and body of work as any rock artist of his generation. As comfortable performing with a string ensemble as he is with an amped-up power trio, and as likely to bare his soul in his lyrics as he is to lay out some serious rock & roll swagger, Escovedo had already played an important role in punk, roots rock, and alt-country before he launched a solo career that's seen him work with everyone from John Cale to Bruce Springsteen....
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