The Boxing Mirror - Alejandro Escovedo
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  • Summary: Escovedo's first solo disc since 2000 was produced by John Cale.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. At last, everything Escovedo does well is represented on a single disc.
  2. An album full of vitality that is smart and intelligent without being boring. More importantly, however, it is simply incredible.
  3. In the 21st century, this is what singer/songwriter albums are supposed to sound like. The Boxing Mirror is brilliant, and it is his masterpiece.
  4. Subtract [a few tracks] and Los Lobos could've made this album if they, too, got John Cale to produce. That's a compliment to all involved.
  5. As is often the case with Escovedo, a certain necessary edge is missing.
  6. The darkest, most mysterious album of his career.
  7. Most of the time, it's run-of-the mill soft rock.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. MichaelM
    May 10, 2006
    10
    I him perform many of these songs live a couple days before the cd came out. It was a very powerful performance and I was a little worried I him perform many of these songs live a couple days before the cd came out. It was a very powerful performance and I was a little worried that the passion and energy might not come through on the cd. My fears were totally unfounded, this cd rocks. Oh, and if you get a chance to see him live do it. Expand
  2. Dave
    May 5, 2006
    10
    An early entry in the race for the album of the year.
  3. MarkH
    May 15, 2006
    9
    The Boxing Mirror is among the greatest Escovedo efforts that also include Gravity and A Man Under the Influence. Swings deftly between raw The Boxing Mirror is among the greatest Escovedo efforts that also include Gravity and A Man Under the Influence. Swings deftly between raw rock and dark ballads. Break This Time is an instant classic. Expand