Gravity

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
While Alejandro Escovedo had shown plenty of versatility over the first 15 years of his career in music -- playing with early punk ravers the Nuns, prescient alt-country upstarts Rank and File, and roots rock firebrands the True Believers, among many others -- it wasn't until the Believers took shape that he began to display his formidable gifts as a songwriter, and with his first solo album, Gravity, Escovedo belatedly made it clear that he possessed one of the strongest and most distinctive lyrical voices of his generation. Opening with "Paradise," a haunting first-person narrative of a man about to be hanged, Gravity is a strikingly accomplished set of songs that deal with love "Broken Bottle," "Five Hearts Breaking", death "She Doesn't Live Here Anymore", and loss "The Last to Know," the title song in deeply personal terms, and Escovedo tells his stories with a talent for finely woven detail that would be the envy of a first-rate novelist. And the diversity of Escovedo's years of musical experience shows in the album's arrangements, which range from quiet, contemplative pieces structured around cello and piano "Broken Bottle," "She Doesn't Live Here Anymore" to full-on, amped-up barrelhouse rock & roll "Oxford," "One More Time"; Turner Stephen Bruton's clean, unobtrusive production gets all the details on tape with admirable clarity. Not every songwriter has the luxury of spending a decade and a half on the sidelines honing his craft before making a solo bow, but even with that advantage, there are few people who have the talent and vision to create an album as strong and moving as Gravity; to call it an "auspicious debut" is to risk understatement.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/10/1992
  • Label: Watermelon
  • UPC: 715971100726
  • Catalog Number: 1007

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Paradise (4:16)
  2. 2 Broken Bottle (3:53)
  3. 3 One More Time (3:46)
  4. 4 By Eleven (4:03)
  5. 5 Bury Me (5:24)
  6. 6 Five Hearts Breaking (4:10)
  7. 7 Oxford (4:25)
  8. 8 Last to Know (5:00)
  9. 9 She Doesn't Live Here Anymore (4:24)
  10. 10 Pyramid of Tears (4:00)
  11. 11 Gravity/Falling Down Again (7:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alejandro Escovedo Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Lou Ann Barton Vocals
Teddy Wilson Bass
Bill Averbach Trumpet
La Barton Background Vocals
Stephen Bruton Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Slide Guitar
J.D. Foster Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Bill Ginn Piano
John Hagen Cello
Jay Hudson Choir, Chorus
Dennis Kenmore Drums, Choir, Chorus
C. Knight Keyboards
Thierry LeCoz Electric Guitar
Dave McNair Maracas, Marimbas, Choir, Chorus
Marty Muse Pedal Steel Guitar, Steel Guitar
Robert Poss 12-string Guitar
Bruce Robison Vocals, Background Vocals
Charlie Robison Vocals, Background Vocals
Cid Sanchez Guitar
B. Smith Percussion, Drums
Spencer Starnes Bass, Upright Bass
Screaming Meemees Background Vocals
Terry Wilson Bass
Rick Poss 12-string Guitar
Maya Escovedo Vocals
Jerry Tubb Synthesizer
Chris Knight Keyboards, Choir, Chorus
Barry "Frosty" Smith Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Stephen Bruton Producer
Alejandro Escovedo Composer, Contributor
Heinz Geissler Executive Producer
John Kunz Contributor
Thierry LeCoz Composer
Dave McNair Engineer
Glenn Benavides Composer
Kathy Marcus Art Direction
Jerry Tubb Digital Editing
Dana Lee Smith Composer, Illustrations
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