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Album Review: Calexico – Carried to Dust

September 28th, 2008 · No Comments · Alt-country, Alt-rock, Alternative, Best of 2008, Folk/Acoustic, Music, Pop/Rock, World music

Enter planet dust 8.5/10 ‘Carried to Dust‘ is Calexico’s most mature work to date, arguably the best synthesis of their frontier atmospherics and Latin-inflected country songwriting. The follow-up to 2005’s much-dismissed ‘Garden Ruin’, ‘Carried to Dust’ makes the ‘South-Western noir’ tag stick better than any other Calexico album. It’s a record of great dusky beauty, […]

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Micah P. Hinson and the Red Empire Orchestra

August 5th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Alt-country, Alt-rock, Alternative, Best of 2008, Folk/Acoustic, Music, New Wierd America, Pop/Rock

The Empire strikes black 8.5/10 Micah P Hinson’s fourth album – the first I’ve heard since his powerful debut ‘Micah P Hinson and the Gospel of Progress‘ – is an accomplished work and the sound of a prolific artist heading for an artistic peak. Produced by alt-rock mixing guru John Congleton, renowned for the dark […]

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The Shepherd’s Dog – Iron & Wine

October 1st, 2007 · 2 Comments · Alt-country, Alt-rock, Best of 2007, Folk/Acoustic, MP3s, New Wierd America, Pop/Rock

Follow the herd 9/10 ‘Shepherd’s Dog‘ is a significant departure for Sam Beam and judging some fan reaction it is not going to be an easy transition for a large bulk of his followin. However, if like me you were not particularly enamoured to his old style – stripped down folk in the mold of […]

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Calexico and Iron & Wine – In the Reins

August 26th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Alt-country, Alt-rock, Folk/Acoustic, MP3s, Pop/Rock

Excellent mini-album 7/10 Iron & Wine and Calexico have collaborated well on this fine EP, which pits Samuel Beam’s alt-country credentials against the latter band’s widescreen musicianship. It is an easy match, since Beam’s soft, sometimes melancholic vocals are not dissimilar to that of Calexico’s Joey Burns. Whereas Iron & Wine is a solitary lo-fi […]

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Rock Plaza Central – Are We Not Horses

August 8th, 2007 · No Comments · Alt-country, Alt-rock, Best of 2007, Folk/Acoustic, New Wierd America

Are you an excellent steel horse? 8/10 Despite the recurrance of robot horses as a thematic conceit running through ‘Are We Not Horses‘ it would be easy to overplay its significance. Putting aside some of the more obtuse lyrics, what we are left with is an album of extraordinary originality and atmosphere. There is a […]

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