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Garden Ruin


Calexico


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Disc 1:
  # Track Name Artist MP3 Sample
  1   Cruel Calexico MP3 sample
  2   Yours and Mine Calexico MP3 sample
  3   Bisbee Blue Calexico MP3 sample
  4   Panic Open String Calexico MP3 sample
  5   Letter To Bowie Knife Calexico MP3 sample
  6   Roka (Danza De La Muerte) Calexico MP3 sample
  7   Lucky Dime Calexico MP3 sample
  8   Smash Calexico MP3 sample
  9   Deep Down Calexico MP3 sample
  10   Non De Plume Calexico MP3 sample
  11   All Systems Red Calexico MP3 sample


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You could accidentally read the title of this album as "Garden Rain", and it would make perfect sense. Calexico albums have previously documented the Arizona dust-bowl sound and feel, painting a picture of life on the border with tex-mex rhythms and mariachi patterns; this one sees the band reacting to their recent collaborative influences (eg: Iron and Wine, Neko Case) and discovering pop, toning down the dusty Morricone-esque strings and horns narratives and concentrating instead on layering melodies and experimenting with lyrics - it feels like a warm rain is damping down what has come to be their signature sound, and the result is an accessible and atmospheric song-fest. Even the cover art has moved away from the classic Calexico 'look' of country-psych line drawings to display a softer, water-coloured palette.
None of the things you love about the band are missing - guitar, horns, clever drums and weather-beaten vocals - but those elements are further down in the mix here, allowing room for crisp, carefully delineated harmonies and multi-tracked backing vocals to come to the fore. And - for the first time - this album doesn't feature any instrumentals.
Mature, beautifully crafted songs in an Americana setting - Garden Ruin could be the album that sees Calexico reaching an even broader legion of fans without alienating the old ones. Recommended.

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Artist: Calexico
Album: Garden Ruin
Cat #: URA176
Date: 04/05/2006
Format: Audio CD
Discs: 1
Label: Spunk
Usually Ships: 2 - 6 Days
Genres: Alt/Indie/Punk , Country
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