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CD Review
Calexico - Algiers


Record Label: ANTI
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Review by John Noyd
September 2012

A change of scenery from their native Arizona, “Algiers,” was recorded in the New Orleans’ district that bears the album’s name. Still, border-town tonics, fleet-footed fandangos and forlorn matadors inform the band’s cinematic core and literary visions. Crisp riffs dipped in mariachi brass, soothing grooves rippling in smoky twang and melodic empathy from roaming baritones; Calexico juxtaposes honored promises alongside foolish rebukes and bright advice beside stormy warnings as accurate character sketches marry unbridled pride from stabled stallions to unconfessed regrets from disbelieving seekers. Calming balm for weary travelers prowling speak-easy cantinas and moon-lit misfits pitted in dog and pony rodeos, “Algiers,” provides tempered redemption to troubled hearts and cornered souls. Calexico plays Chicago’s Lincoln Hall October 15th and Minneapolis’ Fine Line Café October 16th.

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