If there was any doubt that Alejandro Escovedo could sustain
his creative arc since his alliance with producer Tony Visconti and co-writer
Chuck Prophet in 2008, Big Station will easily dispel it. For this record, the trio has dispensed with the thick,
full-throttle rock & roll of his last two LPs for a more open sound that
takes full advantage of white space.
Escovedo puts his acoustic guitar back into play, as the
players hang back in full support of his voice-a combination as potent on the
Stonesy “Man of the World” as on the heartland rocking “Bottom of the World.”
As usual, Escovedo explores the meaning of home and faith, as well as the
distance between wisdom and despair. He dips into the politics of crime on
“Sally Was a Cop,” waxes wistfully romantic on “Never Stood a Chance” and rolls
his eyes at youthful indiscretions in “Headstrong Crazy Fools.”
Cut for cut, Big
Station is as strong a record as he’s ever made. Three killers in a row?
You better believe it.
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the World,” “Bottom of the World” MICHAEL TOLAND