Real Animal

User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6

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  1. JeffP
    Jul 9, 2008
    7
    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.
  2. BruceN.
    Oct 4, 2008
    10
    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.
  3. AdamC.
    Jun 24, 2008
    10
    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.
  4. DS
    Jun 27, 2008
    10
    This is a great album. It sounds like Southside Johnny, Springsteen, and Joe Strummer.
  5. TrabajadorS.
    Aug 28, 2008
    10
    His best work yet--and two of his previous are firmly planted on my desert island list.

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Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  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. I have seen Esco­vedo’s future, and its sound is rock ’n’ roll.