Convict Pool

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Calexico quickly followed their excellent Feast of Wire album with the Convict Pool EP, a collection of covers and original songs that all bear the stamp of the band's dramatic Southwestern sound. The EP kicks off with their version of the Love classic "Alone Again Or," which, along with the title track, was also released as a single in Europe in 2003. Recruiting Swedish singer Nicolai Dunger, Calexico build on the mariachi theme of the original and also give their rendition a more subdued feel. It may not have the heartbreaking drama of Love's rendition, but this version is more than just an experiment and works well on its own terms. The EP's title track, meanwhile, is...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Calexico quickly followed their excellent Feast of Wire album with the Convict Pool EP, a collection of covers and original songs that all bear the stamp of the band's dramatic Southwestern sound. The EP kicks off with their version of the Love classic "Alone Again Or," which, along with the title track, was also released as a single in Europe in 2003. Recruiting Swedish singer Nicolai Dunger, Calexico build on the mariachi theme of the original and also give their rendition a more subdued feel. It may not have the heartbreaking drama of Love's rendition, but this version is more than just an experiment and works well on its own terms. The EP's title track, meanwhile, is in keeping with the softer, more singer/songwriter-oriented side of their music, which they explored on Feast of Wire with great success. Joey Burns' pleading vocals and John Convertino's wonderfully expressive -- but not flashy -- drumming come to the fore on this track as well as their cover of Francoiz Breut's "Si Tu Desais." The second half of Convict Pool lightens up with the rowdy cover of the Minutemen's "Corona," a staple of Calexico's live set, the Eastern European-inspired "Praskovia," and "Sirena," a theatrical original with Spanish backing vocals done by some lovely senoritas. These tracks have more of a "throwaway" feel than the first half of Convict Pool, but it's still a joy to hear Calexico in a looser and more playful mood. That playful mood extends to the EP's multimedia content, an animated short from The Cartoon Network called El Kabong Rides Again that features The Black Light's "Minas del Cobre" as its soundtrack. While this isn't quite as essential a Calexico release as Feast of Wire, Convict Pool is a lot of fun and one of the best short-format works they've issued yet.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/2004
  • Label: Quarter Stick
  • UPC: 036172009022
  • Catalog Number: 90
  • Sales rank: 69,732

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Alone Again or (3:24)
  2. 2 Convict Pool (3:58)
  3. 3 Si Tu Disais (3:23)
  4. 4 Corona (3:21)
  5. 5 Praskovia (2:44)
  6. 6 Sirena (3:42)
  7. 7 El Kabong Rides Again
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Calexico Primary Artist
Joey Burns Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Accordion, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Upright Bass, Guitar (Baritone)
John Convertino Percussion, Accordion, Drums
Tony Crow Keyboards
Paul Niehaus Pedal Steel Guitar
Nicolai Dunger Vocals
Naim Amor Electric Guitar
Jacob Valenzuela Trumpet
Martin Wenk Trumpet
Volker Zander Upright Bass
Technical Credits
Joey Burns Composer
Mark Nevers Engineer
Jim Waters Engineer
John Convertino Composer
Craig Schumacher Engineer
Victor Gastelum Artwork
Nick Luca Engineer
Pierre Bondu Composer
Sacha Toorop Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful beach record

    This album is fantastic...The first track will make you feel like your are sitting at the beach in california. If music were written like novels......this album would be six great chapters....Calexico is a great band. This album is proof of that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Definately Hooked

    I got hooked on this group when I heard their rendition of "Along Again or". It was such a soothing yet energy soaked cover that I knew I had to hear more from this group. Latin tones, soothing vocals, and great musicianship! What else can be said?

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