Tucson: A Country Rock Opera


Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
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  1. Oct 30, 2012
    Tucson is less a linear narrative and more a collection of songs with a thematic thread and consistent atmosphere.
  2. Jul 13, 2012
    Tuscon requires patient listening, but aside from that one vital misstep [the song, Recovery Mission], the album keeps moving. It's combined a pleasing unpredictability with steadiness that supports Gelb's operatic vision.
  3. 70
    Steel guitar, accordion, mariachi trumpet, lounge piano or a small string section are available as needed, but most of the music stays modest and intimate, staying out of the way of the graceful tunes and laconic thoughts.
  4. 70
    This could be a rare Giant Sand LP that manages to be both sophisticated and sprawling. Overall, Tucson is destined to be labelled as a 'must-keep' for those struggling to house their vast Giant Howe collections.
  5. Jun 19, 2012
    It has the breadth, intelligence, mystery and ambitious arrangements of a major work. With 19 songs, it's maybe a touch too long, but almost every song is vivid in its poetry and instrumental coloration.
  6. Uncut
    Jun 12, 2012
    Gelb's masterstroke is the inclusion of Brian Lopez, Gabriel Sullivan and Jon Villa, whose flourishes of Tex-Mex and cumbia accentuate Tuscon's feel of pan-cultural enchantment. [Jul 2012, p.70]
  7. Jun 12, 2012
    This is an absorbing and engaging album that shows Howe Gelb's vision to its best advantage.

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