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29 JUN 10 DAVID VIENNA
Punk rock pioneer Alejandro Escovedo's latest release Street Songs Of Love dishes up bulletproof nuggets that call upon the energy of his early bands The Nuns and Rank And File while offering a gritty, wise perspective gained from years of hard living and rocking. And as the title suggests, the subject matter covers every form of love and heartbreak you could think of -- from romantic to fast and loose.
If Alejandro's resume isn't enough to impress you, his pedigree should be. His brother is Pete Escovedo, father to Sheila E. Unlike them, however, Alejandro's tastes always leaned toward punk, cowpunk and new wave. His style evolved into a solid alt rock sound on his Fantasy debut that shows dashes of his musical roots, whether the twangy lead guitar on "Fall Apart With You" or the aggressive pop hook of "Silver Cloud."
Of course, Alejandro's soulful lyrics capture the complex emotions and ideas that come along with love in all its forms. On the aching "Down In The Bowery," for example, he sings to his son: "I hope you live long enough/to forget half the stuff/they taught you." On "Faith," he wryly observes of the title's subject: "Sometimes you gotta lose it/just to find it/just to lose it again." It doesn't hurt that Bruce Springsteen joins him on that particular cut either.
Alejandro is on tour throughout North America now. Do yourself a favor and check him out when he rolls through your town. It's the best way to mend a broken heart.
Alejandro Escovedo, from Street Songs of ...