Universal acclaim - based on 23 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Mojo
    Seductive, stirring songs about crushed hope and the corruption of beauty and some of their most ambitious arrangements make this their most fully-realised and accomplished album yet. [Mar 2003, p.98]
  2. Alternative Press
    This is Calexico at their finest. [March 2003, p.86]
  3. The best complete work the band has offered to date.
  4. Uncut
    Their music is an intoxicatingly vivid evocation of the mythology of the American west and its Hispanic heritage, and Feast Of Wire lays down an optimistically early marker as one of the albums of the year. [Mar 2003, p.98]
  5. Magnet
    It's all drunkenly cinematic, as prickly as a cactus and smart as hell. [#58, p.85]
  6. Calexico have created their first genuinely masterful full-length, crammed with immediate songcraft, shifting moods and open-ended exploration.
  7. Feast of Wire is a startlingly diverse album.
  8. Entertainment Weekly
    Songs full of Sergio Leone set pieces and Mexicali blues. [14 Mar 2003, p.66]
  9. A mighty fine album which neatly sidesteps the tired tag, 'Feast Of Wire' is an engaging musical road trip that you wish would never end.
  10. Planet
    It's like drinking a cold one with Willie Nelson down Mexico way. [#3, p.87]
  11. An intriguing and often lovely album.
  12. Calexico provide drama, atmosphere, tension and tenderness in the 16 tracks here, not only because they have soul but because they're so good at their craft.
  13. This album solidifies their standing as one of the most endearingly idiosyncratic bands on the American scene.
  14. Although not every track here is of the highest quality, all sixteen tracks are woven together expertly.
  15. Sure, with so much to hear and such a range of styles, the album can take a couple of listens before it starts to bloom. That said, after these requisite spins, one can't help but admire how smoothly Feast of Wire glides from track to track, style to style.
  16. Q Magazine
    It's some indication of Feast of Wire's accomplished evocation of Arizona's old weirdness that it makes you want to go to Tucson. [Mar 2003, p.104]
  17. In the hands of a lesser band, all the different sounds Calexico explores on Feast of Wire could result in a mish-mash of an album, but fortunately for them and their fans, it's one of their most accomplished and exciting efforts.
  18. Feast of Wire is even more intricately arranged than The Black Light, though the sheer diversity of this album prevents it from approaching the grand gestalt of Black Light.
  19. Conjures up an exotic, enchanting world populated with slide guitars, maracas, accordions, brass bands and late-night country crooning.
  20. Calexico has crafted an album that's rich in variety, yet still manages to maintain a cohesive sound throughout.
  21. The Wire
    Combining tight dynamics with the blurred intent of an impressionistic backwsh, some tracks rush by like vast landscapes, with individual features suddenly highlighted in freeze-frames. [#228, p.59]
  22. If you're a fan of their more experimental instrumental work, you'll find plenty to be interested in here, as the album as a whole feels a bit scattered.
  23. Blender
    The songs aren't strong enough to hold the disparate influences together. [#13, p.91]

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User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Mar 31, 2012
    This is the most unappreciated, underrated, unknown album I have ever listened to. This guys deserve way more credit than what they areThis is the most unappreciated, underrated, unknown album I have ever listened to. This guys deserve way more credit than what they are getting. It draws from all sorts of genres, but still keeps its southwestern feel. It is simply amazing. A+ Full Review »
  2. DavidB.
    Apr 8, 2008
    In my all time top 10 of albums.
  3. Bibi2315
    Feb 11, 2006
    Really one of the best Calexico works. Still entertaining after 3 years of repetitive audiences. Love it!