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Even My Sure Things Fall Through
     

Even My Sure Things Fall Through

by Calexico
 
Although their sound is all-inclusive, the music of Tucson, Arizona's Calexico radiates the warm glow of the American Southwest: Latin rhythms, a spaghetti-western soundtrack vibe, a Tex-Mex flourish, and a western sense of derring-do when it comes to fusing them all together. Underground rock veterans Joey Burns and John Convertino -- who've done time with

Overview

Although their sound is all-inclusive, the music of Tucson, Arizona's Calexico radiates the warm glow of the American Southwest: Latin rhythms, a spaghetti-western soundtrack vibe, a Tex-Mex flourish, and a western sense of derring-do when it comes to fusing them all together. Underground rock veterans Joey Burns and John Convertino -- who've done time with Giant Sand, Victoria Williams, Barbara Manning, and others -- are the nexus of the band, but they invite a lot of friends along for each sonic journey. Clocking in at 40 minutes, the eight-song Even My Sure Things Fall Through may not deliver the extended cinematographic focus of their albums (check out Hot Rail and The Black Light) -- it's not intended to. But for both newcomers to the band and ardent fans, there's plenty to recommend it. The dramatic, hip-swiveling "Crystal Frontier," presented in two versions, is powered by an insistent beat and buoyed by soaring, melancholy horns. The expressive music lends itself well to a noirish video adaptation, and it's one of three such videos included in the CD-ROM portion of the disc. "Banderilla" takes a jazzy turn, courtesy of some thumping upright bass, while the Two Lone Swordsmen remix of "Untitled III" connects the dots between the group's inherently rootsy sound and the progressive post-rock axis. Even My Sure Things rates as a fine, sun-burnished sampler of Calexico's inviting sound.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jimmy Draper
On Even My Sure Things Fall Through, Tucson's Calexico compiles eight European B-sides, remixes, covers, and other unreleased tracks, as well as three CD-ROM videos. Such albums often come off as hastily compiled and shoddily sequenced, but Calexico's attempt at a rarities release is surprisingly coherent. From the then-unreleased opener, "Sonic Wind (Instrumental Mix)," to the elegantly lush remake of American Music Club's "Chanel No. 5," the 45-plus minute EP manages to showcase wonderfully the band's deserted desert songs, Tex-Mex music, and arid roots rock. And while diehards may more fully appreciate having these hard to find titles all on one domestically released album, Even My Sure Things Fall Through should prove to be a mini treasure trove for new Calexico fans as well.
Rolling Stone - Dan Epstein
Working the sun-baked stretch of the border that lies between Arizona and Mexico and between Ennio Morricone and the Tindersticks, tracks like "Sonic Wind," "Banderilla" and the Two Loneswordsman remix of "Untitled III" would make excellent accompaniment for a drive across the desert in an old Lincoln Continental.
Billboard - Todd Martens
Calexico is the type of act that inspires one to turn to grand, literature-like descriptions, as if they're describing the setting for a Louis L'Amour novel, while trying to tell us the band is off creating the great, unheard soundtrack for every spaghetti western.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/22/2001
Label:
Quarter Stick
UPC:
0036172006724
catalogNumber:
67
Rank:
119431

Tracks

  1. Sonic Wind (Instrumental Mix)
  2. Crystal Frontier (Widescreen Version)
  3. Untitled III (Remix by Two Lone Swordsmen)
  4. Chanel No. 5
  5. Banderilla
  6. Crooked Road and the Briar
  7. Crystal Frontier (Acoustic Version)
  8. Hard Hat

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Calexico   Primary Artist
Joey Burns   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Cello,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Double Bass,Sampling,Vox Organ
John Convertino   Percussion,Drums,Vibes
Craig Schumacher   Background Vocals
Nick Luca   Organ,Acoustic Guitar
Jaime Valencia   Violin
Ruben Moreno   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Joey Burns   Engineer
Peter Stahl   Contributor
Hutch   Contributor
Victor Gastelum   Artwork
Dave Catching   Contributor
David Dodson   Contributor
Kashmir   Contributor

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