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

4.6 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 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!

SUFI ,

One of the best

catch him.

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