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Algiers (Deluxe Edition)

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Calexico takes its Great American Southwest sound to New Orleans for Algiers, an album that's among the strongest of the duo's long, illustrious career. Joey Burns and John Covertino initially intended to record the album in Europe, but settled on America's most European city. The band still manages to ignore whatever you might imagine a trip to the Big Easy would do to its music. Instead, Calexico focuses on songwriting, bursting past its usual aural soundscapes to a sound where the hooks are aplenty and the playing is live and excited. "Epic" and "Splitter" immediately establish the band's fresh enthusiasm. "Sinner in the Sea" works a more familiar Calexico voicing, while "Fortune Teller" excels with the grit of its best work, yet with new energy. Sure, "Para" and the title track also come close to Calexico's vintage sound, and "Hush" is reminiscent of its work with Iron & Wine, but the melodies just explode. The duo has clearly decided to seek new ground and has done so with convincing authority. The album's deluxe edition includes three bonus tracks, including the more conventional (for Calexico) "Mi Maquina" and the countrified "Ghost of a River."

Customer Reviews

Epic….oh yes indeed

Calexico is a true American musical treasure that the World needs to stop and listen to. How they continue to put out records that top the last is mystifying… but lucky us!

Love It

Calexico is great, definately a must buy for lovers of this band, and just people who appreciate music in general.

It keeps getting better!

The greatest of all the great Calexico albums.


Formed: Tucson, AZ

Genre: Alternative

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

Calexico take their name from a town on the border of California and Mexico, and the title certainly fits the band, who've been mixing musical approaches and cultural perspectives with elan ever since group leaders Joey Burns and John Convertino began working together. Fusing the dusty sounds of the American Southwest with spaghetti western soundtracks, Mexican mariachi themes, vintage surf music, cool jazz, and a broad spectrum of Latin influences, Calexico are an eclectic ensemble whose work is...
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