The Boxing Mirror - Alejandro Escovedo

Universal acclaim - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. 100
    A masterwork from one of the genuine lights in rock music.
  3. An album full of vitality that is smart and intelligent without being boring. More importantly, however, it is simply incredible.
  4. A triumphant CD that owes an unmistakable debt to Lou Reed's noirish 1978 rock operetta Street Hassle. [28 Apr 2006, p.137]
  5. 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.
  6. 80
    One of [the year's] most heartfelt albums. [Jun 2006, p.80]
  7. Sober chamber strings dignify a magpie mix of classic rock and conjunto styles; these 11 songs embrace life in all its joy, sorrow and anger.
  8. 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.
  9. His genius is on bold display in the way he intertwines the raw beauty of tunes like "The Ladder," a ballad for Christoff, and "Evita's Lullaby," about his mother's love for his deceased father, with the urgent, Velvets-esque drone of "Break This Time" and the ferocious pounding and vivid imagery of attempted suicide on "Sacramento & Polk."
  10. As is often the case with Escovedo, a certain necessary edge is missing.
  11. A resonant, if occasionally dour, mix of gritty, tuneful rockers and restrained, spectral balladry that evokes Leonard Cohen fronting Crazy Horse. [4 May 2006, p.56]
  12. The darkest, most mysterious album of his career.
  13. 60
    It understandably struggles with a weightiness, an emotional claustrophobia. [Jun 2006, p.100]
  14. If anything clouds the reflection offered by The Boxing Mirror, it comes in the form of a couple of odd production choices.
  15. Most of the time, it's run-of-the mill soft rock.

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