Real Animal - Alejandro Escovedo
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  • Summary: The ninth solo album for the former punk rocker was produced by Tony Visconti.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
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  1. Real Animal is an album about life--both as survival and as the faces and moments that fill our days on this Earth. How many artists could make two masterpieces in a row that are so different?
  2. For Escovedo fans that have followed the local star through the Nuns, Rank and File, the True Believers, and Buick MacKane, Real Animal bares teeth and soul in rock & roll payback.
  3. The particulars of Mr. Escovedo’s autobiography on this album — his wanderings to New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Austin--may not matter much to those not already following his music. But the songs also tell a larger story: of reckless youth and unrepentant maturity, of time’s ravages and insights.
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    The enthralling Real Animal presents a concise overview of the man's art and life, encompassing the punk fury of the Nuns, the country-rock twang of Rank and File, the rootsy guitar assault of True Believers, and the late-era tortured, string-quintet balladry that showcases his unbearably sad voice.
  5. Leave it to him to fascinate even when he just wants to clear out a few closets and keep on smiling.
  6. This is not his best record, but it does have a couple songs that rank with his best.
  7. It’s for the Pabst crowd, not the trendy crowd concerned about looking the part. It’s this honesty that permeates everything Escovedo does.

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  1. AdamC.
    Jun 24, 2008
    Killer album. Love. Hate. Hard. Soft. Rock can be great and Alejandro proves it. This is right up there with classics from The Replacements, Vigilantes of Love, and GBV. Expand
  2. BruceN.
    Oct 4, 2008
    Best record of the year from beginning to end. Excellent songwriting and sujperb guitar work by Escovedo and David Pulkingham backed by the production wizardry of Tony Visconti. I listened to this recording more than any other I've purchased in recent years. Expand
  3. DS
    Jun 27, 2008
    This is a great album. It sounds like Southside Johnny, Springsteen, and Joe Strummer.
  4. TrabajadorS.
    Aug 28, 2008
    His best work yet--and two of his previous are firmly planted on my desert island list.
  5. JeffP
    Jul 9, 2008
    My first Escovedo album purchase. This is not killer. It is pedestrian rock and roll at best. His voice is interesting as are the lyrics, but honestly aren't these just re-writes of old Sprinsteen and Clapton songs? Produced well enough to rate this score. Expand