Street Songs of Love

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  • Summary: Bruce Springsteen guests on the first solo album on Fantasy Records for the former member of The Nuns, Rank and File, and True Believers.
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  • Record Label: Fantasy
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
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  1. Hints of glam and punk inform the rootsy proceedings, giving these alternately gritty and lyrical songs a satisfying glow.
  2. Street Songs of Love is the most raucous, rawest, and finest album Escovedo's yet released.
  3. In an ideal world, Street Songs of Love would be topping the charts. Sadly, it's not all that likely, but with the management magic of Jon Landau behind him and songs as good as those on Street Songs of Love, Alejandro Escovedo may finally be recognized as one of America's finest musical treasures.
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    Escovedo is as reflective as he is melodic. [Juul 2010, p.116]
  5. While his weathered humanity may be better captured on sublime offerings like More Miles Than Money, it gilds the edges of Street Songs, a collection bursting with unflagging energy.
  6. What makes it work is the sheer exuberance of the performances, the roar coming from the speakers. This is an album about the heart, but it hits below the belt--it wants to make you move.
  7. Backing band the Sensitive Boys provide some ear-catching guitar tweaks to upbeat numbers Silver Cloud and This Bed Is Getting Crowded, but the pace slows halfway through, at which point it gets hard to beat the feeling that Street Songs is decent, assured and confident, but pretty unexceptional.

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