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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!

Soft Rock

Let's be honest. This is soft rock for alt country music lovers that don't understand real rock music. Bless his heart for trying though.

.love this record

the reviews are spot on. great rock music for grown ups. going to see him tomorrow night.


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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