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There is a lot to like here, with a multitude of musical influences evident. Listening through, I swear at times I'm hearing Neil Young or Ennio Morricone. At other times, I hear the sounds of funk-soaked jazz soundtrack music a la Barry Adamson. And always around the corner one hears strains of the borderlands sounds that have come to be known as desert rock. Even the cover art is evocative of the southwestern frontier.
My favorite songs here are Sunken Waltz, Quattro, the Morricone-infused Close Behind, Dub Latina, Guero Canelo, and the Adamsonian soundtrack jazz of Crumble.
With Feast of Wire, Calexico offers a sweeping southwestern soundscape that will carry you far away from the cares of the day. I recommend this to anyone who is musically adventurous and has a taste for the borderlands in their blood.
A brief acoustic guitar figure and pounding waltz beat open things at a crisp gait. Joey Burns quickly intones with the lines, "Washed my face in the rivers of empire/ Made my bed with a cardboard crate," immediately establishing the tension of the borderline that pulls Calexico's music in its many directions. Burns is suddenly a singer-- he's always made do with what he had, but the limitations that were once so apparent have developed into a strong and confident tenor, assertive and emotive. The music behind him feels bolder and more courageous, too, as the veil of obscurity that guarded so much of their previous releases has vanished. The detail of this album is utterly stunning, as melodies rise against countermelodies, subtle electronic processing seals guitars in amber, and instruments blend in fascinating and unpredictable ways.Read more ›
For those who appreciate Calexico for who they are, this album is amazing. For most of the album Calexico's high wire (sic) act between the populist and the intricate works out perfectly, and unlike some of the earlier albums Feast of Wire actually flows. Sunken Waltz and Quattro find a perfect way to match the groove of the music and the sobriety of the message, and Black Heart even manages to top this feat. Ironically, for the most part the mariachi elements are muted and make place for a more pronounced European influence: the string arrangements on Black Heart and Close Behind recall Goldfrapp, Yann Tiersen or Francoiz Breut's stunning Vingt a Trente Mille Jours rather than Mariachi Luz de Luna. (Again, the influences here are mutual and far from a crowd-pleasing career move.Read more ›
Swelling with Mariachi horns and latin rhythms, this monster of an album really is a veritable feast!
Calexico kicked around for years testing the waters and playing with their border crossing sounds until finally providing the album of genius they'd always been capable of.
Its got country, folk, mariachi, salsa and even jazz at times. But it maintains a gritty alterantive ethic the whole way through.
Its got plenty of twang, but doesnt fall into any genre traps or monotony. The variety is constantly engaging, yet the album has a fantastic coherency.
Calexico are expanding the musical palette of alternative artists in the south, and are melding their very own brand of Americana.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Disappointing lack of melody and passion. Need to return to Cal-Mex roots.Published 21 months ago by rix vue
Somewhere between Ry Cooder and Raidohead is Feast of wire. Lush soundscape strings, horns, Lap Steel, western movie sound track one second full on Jazz the next. Read morePublished on October 26, 2013 by jimmyd
First of all, the original "Feast of Wire" is one of my favorite Calexico albums, and I've owned it for years. Read morePublished on April 24, 2013 by Renee Gee
I hesitated to purchase this mp3 as it was older - 2003 - but it has all of the songs their known for and is truly Calexico at their best.Published on November 3, 2012 by coryo
The content of Feast of Wire, Calexico's most fully realized album, is 5 stars. Like 99% of modern CDs, the disc is heavily compressed; Calexico's music needs range and room to... Read morePublished on August 7, 2012 by Geee!
Noise. This album is just noise. Slow, experimental, instrumental, dissonant, plodding, moody noise. Setting your noise in a minor key doesn't make it deep. Read more