Alejandro Escovedo: retrospective on 'Real Animal'

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Austin's singer/songwriter/guitarist Alejandro Escovedo takes the long view back on his latest CD, the Tony Visconti-produced "Real Animal."

EscobedoAlejandrorock_7 6 2008 313.JPGIn some respects, the new CD on Back Porch is like a breath of fresh air, at least in comparison to his previous album, "The Boxing Mirror." That previous CD featured somber tunes on life and death.

The 13-track "Real Animal" rocks with lean but powerful force such as the upbeat "Always a Friend" and "Smoke." Even the dark, bluesy "People," has a positive vibrancy that is infectious.

Although he's widely reported as based in Austin, Escobedo actually lives in the scenic environs of beautiful, rural Wimberly. That laid-back setting out there must certainly have helped Escobedo take the long view on some of these stories.

Overall, Escobedo weaves various elements from punk, rock and alt-country, into a taut cohesive whole that never flags on this, his ninth studio CD. Other highlights include the punk-flavored "Nun's Song," the nostalgic rocker "Chips 'N' Tony," and the melancholic "Hollywood Hills."

  EscobedoAlejandroCD 6 2008.jpgLongtime fans of Alejandro Escobedo have probably already snapped up this CD. For those on the fence, consider that singer/songwriters John Cale, Lou Reed are among Alejandro Escobedo's main influences.

In the end, this CD is about good grooves and captivating stories from one of Central; Texas' top singer/songwriters.

-- Ramiro Burr

Alejandro Escovedo
"Real Animal."
Back Porch/Manhattan
-- ** 1/2


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