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They call New Orleans a melting pot. When one thinks about it like that, it’s hardly surprising that this is where CALEXICO reconvened to record their seventh full-length album, ALGIERS. Joey Burns and John Convertino have long called upon an extended range of musical influences, blending them together so distinctly that the results have almost become a genre of their own. Nonetheless, ... Read more in Amazon's Calexico Store

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  • Audio CD (May 9, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Quarter Stick
  • ASIN: B00004SQWM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,612 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. El Picador
2. Ballad Of Cable Nogue
3. Ritual Road Map
4. Fade
5. Untitled III
6. Sonic Wind
7. Muleta
8. Mid-Town
9. Service And Repair
10. Untitled II
11. Drenched
12. 16 Track Scratch
13. Tres Avisos
14. Hot Rail

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John Convertino and Joey Burns spend a good portion of their time playing with their friend Howe Gelb in the once prolific Giant Sand. But as contractual obligations--or, perhaps, contractual constraints--forced the band to lay off from time to time, it gave the backing boys plenty of time to pursue their own interests as Calexico. Much like Giant Sand, Calexico play a loose game, as likely to pursue Tom Waitsesque instrumentals (lots of shiny metallic percussion everywhere) as an abstract, countrified songwriting muse. The addition of horns and violin for the opening instrumental, "El Picador," and the distorted Spanish guitar of "Muleta" suggest that they've spent time well below Calexico's border. Twangy guitar riffs abound, and when pressed into tunes they highlight the duo's capacity for understated songwriting ("Ballad of Cable Hogue," "Service and Repair") that not so surprisingly sounds much like Giant Sand themselves. --Rob O'Connor

Customer Reviews

A superb blending of instrument and voice, subtly rendered.
Ginna in Cville
First of all, the name of the group describes with accuracy the style of music they play.
Lambros Fatsis
Don't get me wrong though, I love everything these guys put out.
J Kevin Doyle

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By B. Lane on May 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Calexico is like some half-breed love child of a mariachi band and Morphine. Like a band in a saloon from the good, the bad and the ugly they are both intoxicatingly exotic and mildly menacing.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 18, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This CD rocks. It opens up with a sweeping, cinematic trumpet that dumps you in the Sonoran Desert where it's 110 degrees and you're thirsty as hell, wearing a long-sleeved shirt and about to go hit the nearest hacienda for some watermelon cooler and tequila. Yeah, it's that vivid. Hot Rail continually pokes and prods the boundaries of indie-rock/alt-country, pulling in a healthy dose of mexican balladry, old-time GitAlong country and even French rap/spoken word to create what could be the perfect soundtrack for a Steven Soderbergh movie yet to be made. Listen to this Cd and see what movie plays in YOUR head!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By "abarcelo" on September 25, 2000
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More than just a side project of Gian Sand's (and Friends of Dean Martinez's) John Convertino and Joey Burns, Calexico is one of the most original bands to emerge of the American alternative scene in a long time. Mixing indie-rock sensibility with the traditional sounds of Southern USA and Mexico, Calexico's dark and moody sound incorporates mariachi (#1, 7), french chanson (#2), jazz (#3!), spaghetti western soundtrack music, post-rock (#14), American folk and old time western into an unique style perfectly fitting to their name. This album is not as multi-layered as their previous `Black Light'; more of your basic bass-drums-guitar, but still features vibes, organ, accordion, cello, harmonica and mariachi horns. They came to visit Bloomington a couple of years ago, and they rocked! In CD, they are even better, so play this over and over. Tracks 1, 7, 8, 12, 13 and 14 are instrumental.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By William Petersen on June 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
While many reviewers will give comparisons of surf-music and Morricone influences, Burns and Convertino show greater depth and artistic push than was apparent when in Friends of Dean Martinez. I'm a fan of both and the divergence of style and musicianship is apparent on both bands' later works. The flavoring of the music and its divergent styles reminds me of both Sir Douglas Quintet and that of Los Lobos. Calexico has matured with each record pushing their sound further and defining a distinct sound that no longer relies on a "genre" but pushes instead the boundaries of border music and what it is. FODM have relied more heavily on the electronic influences creating a modern urban soundtrack. Calexico digs deeper and finds the dust on the small towns and back roads. Its like the difference between Santa Fe and Taos, NM. They have similar roots but the modern influences have been absorbed diffently creating unique interpretations of the Southwest and its parched landscapes. Calexico delivers on all fronts and as Burns and Convertino become more comfortable with their songwriting things can only get better.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 19, 2002
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Don't listen to "the music fan from Australia". To correct a few mistakes: Calexico is the name of a border town in southern California, not a twist on some geographical psyche. You would have to live near the border of the US and Mexico to understand it's entirely unique aura. Surely, this is what likely inspires the band and is quite appropriate, not "lame". Morricone was influential no doubt, but he falls short of the ground Calexico treads. They are a perfect hybrid of many schools with a penchant for beautiful soundscapes. It is hard to believe this reveiwer even heard the music...was the review meant to be misleading?...just listen to the samples for yourself and you decide. The music does speak for itself, though the short samples often don't disply the finer parts. For typical Calexico see the tracks: "Drenched", "Mid-town", "Sonic-Wind", "Service and Repair". The border is definitely a different world that Calexico has captured and rendered wholly visible.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ginna in Cville on July 3, 2000
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A superb blending of instrument and voice, subtly rendered. This CD is honest and from the heart. It has passion and it has restraint. It's humor is soft, its artistry is seasoned. As for the rhythm? Irresistible! These guys have been around. Rock, how far you have come.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J Kevin Doyle on March 27, 2001
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As for longing without grasping, and intensity without aggitation, this music weaves through the desert of the sea and catches a glimpse of something singular and ancient, working up through the prosaic filters of the human mind- thoughts in the air, wires on the floor. Beautiful. More subdued than the previous two, but for me strikes deeper for not working as hard. Don't get me wrong though, I love everything these guys put out. Thanks be.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Miss Kaptunik on July 18, 2000
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Every song is a vacation for your imagination to the American Southwest. From the short western tales (Track 2, Drenched) and instrumentals that spark your own imagination with influential titles (El Picador and Muleta, bullfighting terms, demonstrates the bittersweet drama of slaying the bull.) Calexico just make absolutely beautiful and emotional music. This Cd is especially great for desert road tripping or just relaxing.
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