Editors’ Notes Given the political rhetoric surrounding borders, nations, and belonging, Mexican-American singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo’s concept albumdelivers a formidable response. Soft, string-backed piano opens The Crossing, but that’s the last soothing moment across the lengthy Americana- and country-leaning LP. In the tradition of protest singer-songwriters like Woody Guthrie and Bruce Cockburn, as well as more recent groups like A Tribe Called Red, Escovedo lays bare the challenges Mexicans and Mexican-Americans face throughout thumping tracks. Backed by a chorus of fervent voices on “Fury and Fire,” he challenges Donald Trump’s threat with one of his own: “The TV says that they’re gonna run us out/Call us rapists, go and build a bigger wall/We’re gonna tear it down.”

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Andare
1
0:53
 
Footsteps in the Shadows
2
4:49
 
Texas Is My Mother
3
3:01
 
Teenage Luggage
4
3:25
 
Something Blue
5
4:11
 
Outlaw for You
6
3:26
 
Amor Puro
7
2:38
 
Waiting for Me
8
3:17
 
How Many Times
9
4:29
 
Cherry Blossom Rain
10
3:36
 
Sonica USA
11
2:20
 
Rio Navidad
12
3:45
 
Silver City
13
5:57
 
Fury and Fire
14
2:13
 
Flying
15
3:08
 
MC Overload
16
3:04
 
The Crossing
17
5:20
 

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