11 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The veteran roots-rock songwriter Alejandro Escovedo's only full-length studio album for Bloodshot Records, the label that helped revived his career in the late '90s, is the first studio album that comes close to capturing the combination of grace and fire that define his live performances. Escovedo's keen narrative skills, his deft touch with a ballad, and his penchant for rowdy rock are showcased here in equal measure: "Wave," "Rosalie," and "Across the River" are vivid evocations of the Mexican-American immigrant experience, "Wedding Day" is a simple but gorgeous benediction, and "Castanets" a loose-limbed roadhouse jam. Best of all may be "Rhapsody," an insistent and blissfully melodic breakup song. Produced by power-pop veteran Chris Stamey, Influence features Escovedo's core touring band of the time, as well as friends such as Mitch Easter, Ryan Adams, Caitlin Cary, Mitch Easter, members of Superchunk, and the sublime steel guitarist Eric Heywood.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The veteran roots-rock songwriter Alejandro Escovedo's only full-length studio album for Bloodshot Records, the label that helped revived his career in the late '90s, is the first studio album that comes close to capturing the combination of grace and fire that define his live performances. Escovedo's keen narrative skills, his deft touch with a ballad, and his penchant for rowdy rock are showcased here in equal measure: "Wave," "Rosalie," and "Across the River" are vivid evocations of the Mexican-American immigrant experience, "Wedding Day" is a simple but gorgeous benediction, and "Castanets" a loose-limbed roadhouse jam. Best of all may be "Rhapsody," an insistent and blissfully melodic breakup song. Produced by power-pop veteran Chris Stamey, Influence features Escovedo's core touring band of the time, as well as friends such as Mitch Easter, Ryan Adams, Caitlin Cary, Mitch Easter, members of Superchunk, and the sublime steel guitarist Eric Heywood.

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