A Man Under the Influence

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Alejandro Escovedo is one of rock's rarest breeds -- an artist who's been able to gracefully mature and mellow, from punk rock beginnings to jut-jawed rootsiness to his current footing in singer-songwriter sincerity. A melancholy elegance pervades A Man Under the Influence, Escovedo's sixth solo album, one that can be heard in the languid blend of cello, pedal steel, and acoustic guitar that serves as the canvas for many of the songs here. Escovedo is most affecting on those songs -- like the two-pronged heart attack of "Wave" and "Rosalie" -- that are most personal to him, in this case, tales of immigrant passage that cut the listener to the quick. On the other hand, ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Alejandro Escovedo is one of rock's rarest breeds -- an artist who's been able to gracefully mature and mellow, from punk rock beginnings to jut-jawed rootsiness to his current footing in singer-songwriter sincerity. A melancholy elegance pervades A Man Under the Influence, Escovedo's sixth solo album, one that can be heard in the languid blend of cello, pedal steel, and acoustic guitar that serves as the canvas for many of the songs here. Escovedo is most affecting on those songs -- like the two-pronged heart attack of "Wave" and "Rosalie" -- that are most personal to him, in this case, tales of immigrant passage that cut the listener to the quick. On the other hand, he needs nothing more than an unanswered phone or a whiff of perfume to call up images, like those permeating "About This Love" and "Don't Need You," that conjure infectious feelings of romantic longing. A Man Under the Influence is rife with songs that combine hope and resignation in a manner likely to ring true with anyone trying to keep his or her head above the emotional riptide.
All Music Guide - Mark Deming
"It's all about this love/It's all about this pain/It's all about the loss/We take to live again." Those lines hardly tell you everything there is to know about Alejandro Escovedo's songwriting, but he's rarely expressed his key themes with such strength and concision as he does in the first verse of "About This Love," and while Escovedo's fifth studio album, A Man Under the Influence, doesn't stray far from the musical and lyrical themes that have dominated his previous work, he's rarely if ever put the pieces together quite as well as he does here. Escovedo's latest lineup of his orchestra -- anchored by Brian Standefer on cello, Eric Heywood on pedal steel, Mike Daly on keyboards and guitar, Hector Munoz on drums, and Cornbread on bass -- sounds like his strongest and best controlled to date, as comfortable with the subtleties of "Wave" as the full-on rock of "Castanets." Quite simply, Escovedo has never sung better than he does on this set, running the emotional spectrum from plaintive longing to swaggering contempt and never sounding less than convincing at any stop along the way. And while Turner Stephen Bruton's production on Escovedo's first three studio albums was intelligent and intuitive, Chris Stamey's work on A Man Under the Influence suits him just as well while sounding clearer, sharper, and better focused; the sound catches the full range of Escovedo's personality while adding the sonic details that sometimes got lost on his previous records. And if love and loss still remain Escovedo's favorite themes, like Hank Williams or Leonard Cohen he seems to have something new and telling to say about them each time out; each of this album's 11 songs is worth hearing, and the cumulative effect is nothing less than stunning. No one who's heard Escovedo's work doubts his status as one of the finest singer/songwriters of his day, and he's never been heard to better advantage on disc than on A Man Under the Influence.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2001
  • Label: Bloodshot Records
  • UPC: 744302006420
  • Catalog Number: 20064
  • Sales rank: 75,019

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wave (5:26)
  2. 2 Rosalie (3:49)
  3. 3 Rhapsody (4:04)
  4. 4 Across the River (5:20)
  5. 5 Castanets (3:27)
  6. 6 Don't Need You (5:11)
  7. 7 Follow You Down (4:04)
  8. 8 Wedding Day (3:53)
  9. 9 Velvet Guitar (4:23)
  10. 10 As I Fall (4:43)
  11. 11 About This Love (5:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alejandro Escovedo Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Chris Stamey Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Electric Guitar, kurzweil, sleigh bells, Guitar (Baritone)
Mitch Easter Electric Guitar
Chris Robinson Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Hector Muñoz Drums, Tambourine, Orchestral Percussion
David Perales Violin, Vocal Harmony
Lynn Blakey Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Eric Heywood Pedal Steel Guitar, Pump Organ, Vocal Harmony
Joe Eddy Hines Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar
Mike Daly Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Pedal Steel Guitar, Guitar (12 String Electric), Mando-Guitar
Ryan Adams Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Caitlin Cary Violin, Background Vocals
Cornbread Bass
Jon Wurster Shaker
Aaron Oliva Double Bass, Bowed Double Bass
Technical Credits
Chris Stamey Producer, Engineer
Mitch Easter Engineer
Dana Lee Smith Artwork
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great

    Simply a great cd. Why these songs are kept off most radio stations I'll never understand.

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