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Dave Alvin turns it up. The intensity, the focus, the volume. On Alvin's new album Eleven Eleven, the man who many credit with pioneering what has come to be known as 'roots rock,' revisits the burning, guitar-centered blues rock that initially defined his career along with his band The Blasters in the late 1970s. After The Blasters, Alvin explored the path of American folk music, a road that led to classic albums and Grammy wins (for his album Public Domain: Songs from the Wild Land), establishing him as one of America's most distinguished songwriters and California's de facto roots music ambassador. Fast forward to Eleven Eleven and Dave is ready to raise the stakes again, calling on some Blasters including his brother Phil, with whom he duets for the first time ever on record. The inaugurals continue with Dave writing all the songs while on the road touring, a first for the seasoned performer. The new method clearly sparked new ideas for Alvin, with the blistering guitar runs and Bo Diddley beat of ''Run Conejo Run'' sidling up alongside the gentle finger-picking of the tremolo-soaked ''No Worries Mija.'' Eleven Eleven also features ''Harlan County Line,'' the song featured, along with an Alvin cameo as himself, in FX original series Justified and Alvin's highest and fastest-selling digital single ever.

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  • Audio CD (June 21, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • ASIN: B004PZI9X6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,823 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By M. Mariba on June 21, 2011
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It's 2011, 11 tracks & 11th album for the legendary 'roots' rock pioneer Dave Alvin. This great CD 'Eleven Eleven' was written during his 2010 touring 'down time'. It's a well balanced rock album (mainly bluesy rock tracks, countryish track in "Manzanita" & jazzy in "Two Lucky Bums"). Dave Alvin has services of musicians from the Blasters including his brother Phil Alvin (duet for the first time on record in "What's Up With Your Brother") in this CD. His varied baritone-velvety voice is as enjoyable as ever. Stands-outs/gems/solid tracks include "Black Rose Of Texas" (an incredible slow track with magnificent guitar, melody & his enjoyable baritone voice somewhere between those of Greg Brown & Mark Knopfler), "No Worries Mija" (wonderful slow track, beautiful guitar finger pick-ups, accordion & melody), "Manzanita" (excellent countryish guitar sound, melody & vocals. A wonderful duet featuring Christy McWilson on vocals & piano) & "Two Lucky Bums" (jazzy track with incredible harmonies, melody & accordion. A duet featuring Chris Gaffney on vocals & accordion). Great tracks include "Harlan County Line" (bluesy rock track featured in TV series FX in which Dave Alvin also had a cameo role), "Johnny Ace Is Dead", "Run Conejo Run" (mid-tempo track, 'some rapping' vocals, great guitar solo & melody), "What's Up With Your Brother" (bluesy rock track, great guitar/harmonica & duet with his brother Phil) & "Dirty Nightgown" (a rock track with great vocals & melody). Okay tracks are "Gary, Indiana 1952" & "Murrietta's Head". The purchase of this CD entitles you to Free bonus material not included on the album to download. On overall, Dave Alvin does not disappoint in his 11th CD release 'Eleven Eleven', a highly recommended CD listening.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By RF on June 23, 2011
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I bought Eleven Eleven just before seeing Dave live in a small club in Northampton, MA. I knew it would be cheaper at Amazon, but I had to have it then. It's his best CD since King of California. But none of his recordings match his live performances and lately he's better than ever, with his strongest band yet. Rolling Stone just called him "one of the great unrecognized guitar heros". So true! Buy his music and go to his shows!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By bigalan55 on June 23, 2012
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Like the title of my review states, I had never heard of Dave Alvin until I sampled some of his songs of his "eleven eleven" while I was purchasing Robin Trower's Bridge of Sighs cd, I liked what little I heard so I purchased it as well. Two days later I had both cd's in my car,(really the only place I listen to music anymore), to sum up all I can say is that I haven't played the Trower cd because I can't stop playing Eleven-Eleven. I especially enjoy the tunes that are more blues/rock orientated such as Harlan County Line, Johnny Ace is Dead, Gary, Indianna, and Marietta's Head, I'm playing them as loud as my 56 year old ears can stand it. His ballads aren't so bad, if you like that kind of thing. I am looking to purchase some more of his music, this is definetly the best cd I've purchased in a long, long time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rockabilly blues on August 20, 2011
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Fans who visit Dave's web site will be greeted with the message that says something like "Folk Music Can Be Played Loud or Soft, and I do Both". True to his words, Dave has made a career out of mixing hard, bluesy, Americana with poetic folk music. However, he has rarely made an album that mixes both styles. The last time he did it was in 2004 with "Ashgrove" which in my opinion is probably the most enjoyable (not necessarily best) album of his career. Eleven Eleven is essentially an older brother to that record. The same themes of history, nostalgia and lust run through it's veins and it's pumped with both a bluesy and a folksy beat. I could nitpick and attempt to quantify how this album or a particular song ranks in his rather impressive catalog, but why bother. Dave Alvin is an american music master and this album finds him at the top of his game. Meaning, if you like Dave, or you like Americana this is a no brainer.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bob Jagendorf on June 28, 2011
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I just had the opportunity to see Dave and his band in Freehold NJ at a very intimate venue. He was great, the band was terrific and they played a combination of old and new songs. I bought Eleven Eleven days before the concert to become familiar with the songs and I was blown away. I have been a fan of Daves since the first Blasters LP. I have listened to his music since then, solo outings, original material, public domain covers, The Knitters, The Pleasure Barons, the "Guilty" cds, Sony Burgess, etc. I have to say that this is my favorite CD in many years. Even though I enjoyed the Guilty CD's I found them lacking something and I could never put my finger on it. Now hearing Eleven I know what I was missing, it was the bluesy, rootsy, pure sound. The duets, the additional instrumentation was not what I was looking for. I love the well produce but rawer sound of this CD, great guitars, excellent bass and strong drums coupled with Dave's voice and of course terrific songs make this a great CD my favorite since King of California. Johnny Ace is Dead is a Dave classic, Black Rose of Texas is heartbreaking and What's Up With Your Brother is fun. There is not a dud or filler on the whole CD. Highly recommended by a long time fan -- Bob
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