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Alejandro's whole life has pretty much been documented already and reads like a "How to Make Rock and Roll A Lifelong Profession" primer. Ground Zero punk rock dude with The Nuns (they opened for the Sex Pistols last show, you know), cowpunk progenitor in Rank and File, gutter ... Read more in Amazon's Alejandro Escovedo Store

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  • Audio CD (June 5, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fantasy
  • ASIN: B007NKSSXG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,651 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Man Of The World
2. Big Station
3. Sally Was A Cop
4. Bottom Of The World
5. Cant Make Me Run
6. San Antonio Rain
7. Headstrong Crazy Fools
8. Common Mistake
9. Never Stood A Chance
10. Party People
11. Too Many Tears
12. Sabor A Mi

Editorial Reviews

2012 album from the acclaimed Texas singer, songwriter and blues rocker. On the follow-up to 2010's Street Songs of Love, which debuted at the top of Billboard's Heatseekers chart, Escovedo worked with frequent co-writer Chuck Prophet and producer Tony Visconti. The 12-track record references themes of love and belonging, as well as homes and homelands. 'Bottom of the World' name-checks Austin (where he currently resides), 'Sally Was a Cop' details the political corruption of Mexico, and the closing song 'Sabor a Mi,; written by the late Mexican composer Alvaro Carrillo in 1959, pays homage to the man and their shared roots.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lee Armstrong HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 15, 2012
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Escovedo's "Big Station" is a full-frontal rock assault. The opener "Man of the World" layers driving guitar riffs & an in-your-face lyric, "I can take a punch; I can take a swing." The title track powers its pop with Chris Searles' drums mixed loud as Alejandro opens, "I thought I was a man of steel; It nearly did me in; They hosed me down with Kryptonite, called my next of kin." On "Can't Make Me Run," Ephraim Owens' trumpet oozes smoky late-night sleaze as the tempo slows but the attitude remains like barbed wire, "They're running the streets of Chicago, running the streets of Detroit, burning down the halls of San Antonio; Don't ask me for a dime, I'm just hanging on." When Escovedo slows the pace for the lovely lament "San Antonio Rain," his vocals become laden with emotion, "You whispered something pretty in my ear; I just laid down to rest my eyes; When I woke up, there was nobody there." "Common Mistake" has a funky beat punctuated by sax riffs on an incredibly catchy track. "A neophyte, a hedonist, a pagan love, a sloppy kiss," opens Escovedo's channeling of Sly & the Family Stone on the delicious "Party People." Heavy percussion & subtle electric guitar give a sinister feel on the snake-like "Too Many Tears," "Put on some red lipstick, just don't fake it." "Big Station" is an excellent set, one of Escovedo's strongest. Enjoy!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ScottE on June 8, 2012
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Alejandro Escovedo "Big Station" (2012)

On Alejandro's 11th studio offering, "Big Station", Escovedo teams up with producer Tony Visconti for the third time. This album rocks from the get go, with "Man Of The World", to the Mexican tune from 1959 "Sabor A Mi". In the last 4 years Alejandro Escovedo has been on fire, and this one is no exception. If you need one great Americana rock' n' roll album this month, get this disc! Just a tremendous release.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Rowan on August 2, 2012
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Some of us know Alejandro from before he ever had a solo album. Now, he has a stack of them. Relative to these other solo albums, I give this a three-star. Everyone has musical taste, but in my view, if you want to see what has built a super hardcore underground committed fan base, start with Gravity, then progress in order. Gravity is singularly a stand-out, and a few others would get 5 stars if I ever got around to reviewing them.

All of this is great punk-inspired roots-rock, or roots-inspired punk rock, with Texas swagger and maybe some dramatic-fatalistic Hispanic qualities. Including Big Station.

For the most part, I have two notes regarding three versus five stars. The first is that here it seems like Alejandro is out to channel some of his heroes. Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, and add Bruce Springsteen. Plus a couple others - maybe David Johansen.

But on a few tracks, it is Alejandro, at his full stature as the hero to many rock icons. The Alejandro who could stunningly front a string section, sling a guitar straight into a punk rock mosh pit anthem, or walk on stage with nothing other than his guitar and a few anecdotes.

Never Stood A Chance and Too Many Tears. These coulda been off of one of those earlier five-star albums and not seemed out of place.

The other criticism. Somewhere along the line, Alejandro told us in the audience he had to sober up. Later, it was revealed that he had Hep C. It is a guess to assume it might have been from needle-sharing, and Hep C can also come from sharing needles in amateur self-and-friend-tattooing.

In any case, Alejandro apparently went thru through the interferon treatment, which is very grueling and has only a fair success rate, but he supposedly was one of the successful patients.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mark Cotton on June 7, 2012
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Alejandro Escovedo proves once again why he's considered one of the best songwriters working today. There are echoes of the greats of rock who have come before, filtered through Al's unique and storied history and given a fresh twist through his masterful use of language.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Niall on June 25, 2012
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Alejandro Escovedo doesn't make bad records. Even when he is off his game he is better than much of what passes for popular music. Having listened to everything starting with A Man Under The Influence up to Big Station, I believe the new release will not be considered among his best. There are 7 songs that I like. Three or four of those I will want to add to my AE playlist. And there are 5 songs that I will probably never listen to again.

There are several spots on this release where lyrics are quite predictable--during my first listen I was able to complete the lyrics to several verses before I actually heard them--I knew which words and phrases he was going to use to complete the rhyme. I'm not sure if that is a good thing.

Big Station has the same feel as AE last two releases--Real Animal and Street Songs of Love. The songs and the lyrics just aren't quite as good. The performance and production, as always, is top notch.

My favorite track is the very Motown-ish Headstrong Crazy Fools.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By val on August 16, 2012
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Alejandro just keeps getting better and better..once again Tony Visconti produces,,the songs are so strong..His voice sounds great and the band is rocking..a definite must
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mudpuddles on August 8, 2012
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This disc rates 5 Stars for sure. Alejandro just keeps getting better.
For a real treat buy the disc then get up and go see the man and his band live
cause that's where he really shines.
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