17 Songs, 59 Minutes

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.”

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

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.”

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

majerDomo ,

The Real Deal

This man’s travelled a long, hard road and has come out the other side to deliver this timely and essential collection. Typically beautiful, soulful, gut wrenching rock n roll. He’s my hero. Cannot wait to see him in NYC come January!

ReviewingSavant ,

Clueless

I didn't want to give this album a rating because I have not listened to it nor will I. But I was forced to rate it so I gave it 1 star based solely on content. While Mr Escovedo has some superlative stuff like "Thirteen Years" and "Gravity" he suffers from the one affliction that infects all liberals. Chronic ignorance.

All I had to do was read the ITunes review to know that I will never purchase or listen to this clueless piece of politcal tripe. Mr Escovedo would have us believe that every person crossing our southern border is are pillars of society.

Bulletin to Mr Escovedo....some of them are rapists, and drug dealers, and murderers and child sex traffickers. Not all....but far too many. And ones that are not still should not be excused from breaking our immigration laws. First off, it's not fair to the hundreds of thousands that have immigrated her LEGALLY.

Think about it.....what are the most likely the kinds of people that will try to circumvent our law and try to sneak into America ILLEGALLY ? Yes....many of them are more than likely dirtbags that would not be allowed in here if they tried to get in LEGALLY. Get it ?

So stop writing music that preaches and pontificates from a platform of cluelessness and ignorance. Don't try to sugar coat and make excuses for people that are BREAKING THE LAW.

SUFI ,

One of the best

catch him.

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