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Man Under the Influence


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Audio CD, April 24, 2001
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"Musically, Alejandro Escovedo is in his own genre." David Fricke, Rolling Stone

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 (April 24, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Phantom Sound & Vision
  • ASIN: B000A2P0JY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,972,542 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Wave
2. Rosalie
3. Rhapsody
4. Across the River
5. Castanets
6. Don't Need You
7. Follow You Down
8. Wedding Day
9. Velvet Guitar
10. As I Fall
11. About This Love

Customer Reviews

The song lyrics are very good, the songs themselves are very good and the musicianship is great.
"susanjb"
It's a good album that takes more than a few listens to catch everything, and even then there is always something else to discover.
"jrhstealth"
His sound is a combination of rock, country, folk and pretty much falls through the cracks as a particular genre.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By JG on June 19, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The tragic irony about Alejandro Escovedo is that he's the greatest contemporary singer songwriter who most people will never hear of. And that's a shame, because he's got tremendous talent, blending all kinds of influences, from Brit rock to Lou Reed to Iggy Pop to folk, but most of all, he gives it an Austin, Texas feel. It's also a sound uniquely his own, although he fits neatly in with the so called "Americana" musicians like Lucinda Williams or The Jayhawks. His music has a beautiful melancholy in it. There's also a very strong undercurrent of Mexican American music, and there should be; he is after all, a Mexican American. It's not the same overt Mexican American flavor exemplified by bands like Los Lobos, however, but instead much more subtle. He has collaborated loosely with the Walter Salas Humara/The Silos bunch over the years. In one of their greatest collaborations, which is now hard to find, since it's long out of print, they call themselves "The Setters...If you can get ahold of this CD, get it. Also, as others have said in reviews of Alejandro, you want to catch him live. Like some of the greatest musicians out there, he's continuously reinventing himself, and each time you see his show, it will have a totally different mood, texture, and atmosphere. I'm not sure there is such a thing as a bad Alejandro Escovedo CD, but this one, and the one before it are without a doubt his most polished.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Frank J. Freeman II on August 14, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This CD was a CD of the month at my local Public Radio station (KUNI), and Alejandro was featured on "The World Cafe". Because I had heard a few of the songs on the CD...I was both reluctant and hopeful when I bought the CD. I should not have been reluctant. The CD was enough for me to travel to Minneapolis to see Alejandro in concert. A Man Under the Influence is both masterful and approachable. Masterful enough for my father to enjoy it and approachable enough that my stepson requested that I burn Castanets onto a CD for him.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Music fan on December 18, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Escovedo veers wildly over the sonic map from Stonesy rocker to symphonic country ballad to Tex Mex melancholy. What doesn't change is his unerring eye for writing a compelling story - check out "Rosalie." The result is an emotionally resonant disc that seduces you slowly, rewarding with each repeated listening.

Flawless production by Chris Stamey, who also contributes his usual tasteful guitar licks (along with old buddy Mitch Easter).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 21, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Alejandro Escovedo is one of the best kept secrets in rock. His sound is a combination of rock, country, folk and pretty much falls through the cracks as a particular genre. Man under the Influence is his best CD to date and that is saying something. This is a masterpiece, one of the best of the year. Escovedo's lyrics are dark and very autobiographical. His voice is distinctive as his songs, however it is the arrangements and production that make him so good. No one uses cello, violin, and pedal steel as intuitively as Escovedo. Your kids will not like this, this is rock and roll for adults. If you are looking for some musical adventure, look no further - Man Under the Influence is it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Louis Berkman on May 2, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Don't listen to the negative reviews here. This is a major work from a relatively obscure artist. The production on this is great and the songwriting is first rate. It is one of the best Bloodshot releases ever (and they have lots of very good ones), so everyone should buy a copy of this and enjoy. If you like singer/songwriter type music this is the best of this genre so far this year and maybe for the entire year. Alejandro is a great live performer and has hit is stride with this album despite (or maybe because of)his long career. Pick this up and you will not be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Manny Hernandez HALL OF FAME on March 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
"These songs are for you..." Alejandro Escovedo closes out his dedication to his sister Alice, in 'A Man Under the Influence', and truth be told, these songs feel as if they are written for and sung to each and everyone of us individually.
Alejandro Escovedo is one songwriter and musician that I was fortunate to run into not too long ago, one who magically manages to seamlessly blend influences from folk, rock & roll, punk, country and texmex music. After learning about him, this album, with all its "dia de los muertos" motif instantly captured my attention: gladly I later found out most of his fans consider it to be his best production to date. To me the 11-song was like a book consisting of two intertwined chapters, somewhat (and two very solid chapters, for the matter). From the opening chord of "Wave", into the contagious "Rosalie", the first chapter is mostly straight-up rock 'n roll with songs that equally borrow from The Beatles in their early years or Los Lobos, while still retaining a uniqueness that makes them refreshing, making you want to listen to them over and over again.
The other chapter of the album shows a far more personal side of Escovedo, with "Across The River", "Velvet Guitar" (a very Tom Petty-like tune), the intimate "Don't Need You" and the closing "About This Love" making you wonder: what on earth are we listening to these days, when a guy like Alejandro Escovedo is far from being well known? (to the point on depending on his friend's and fan's help to get back on his feet after collapsing in April 2003 -you can also help him by going to [...]
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