Mesabi - Tom Russell
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  • Summary: The singer-songwriter's latest album was coproduced by Barry Walsh and features Calexico, Augie Meyers, Van Dyke Parks, and Lucinda Williams as guest singers.
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  1. Jan 20, 2012
    100
    Does it succeed in his aim? Triumphantly. With bells on. Tinker bells, even.
  2. Oct 6, 2011
    80
    With Telecasters and drums driving, and Valenzuela's mariachi trumpet singing above it, it's a cracking way to close an album that defines what Americana is.
  3. Oct 6, 2011
    80
    While his lyrics don't reach the poetic heights of the master's, Russell's dedication to clarity and craftsmanship over linguistic flourishes make his best work equally satisfying.
  4. Oct 6, 2011
    80
    As always, Russell's articulate arrangements embolden the material and give them the grit it deserves.
  5. Oct 6, 2011
    80
    If this sounds ambitious, it is. But Russell pulls it off with an engaging nobility.
  6. Oct 18, 2011
    80
    An epic study of sand and celluloid. [Oct 2011, p.98]
  7. Jul 18, 2012
    67
    As ambitious and poetic as Russell's ever been, Mesabi continues the Texas dweller's renaissance from aging folkie to adventurous craftsman.