Alejandro Escovedo: Big Station

Alejandro Escovedo
Big Station
(Fantasy)

Your humble reviewer definitely has old school rock ‘n’ roll roots, but nonetheless, is no stranger to, and enjoys a lot of current rock and pop. That being said though, to hear a record that is actually produced, and with an ear toward arrangements, grooves and sound that enhances a collection of real songs that rock and roll, well, you had me at the first measure.

Alejandro Escovedo’s definitely hit a purple patch (see Ian Hunter, Chuck Prophet). Big Station (and yes, I am listening to it on vinyl) features great songs and a great band (extra kudos to his road-tested Sensitive Boys), all masterfully produced by the legendary Tony Visconti (Bowie, T-Rex, Osibisa [long story]). It’s all here; the guitars grind and chime, the bass and drums push and swing, the backing vocals ooh and ahh as they should and Alejandro has become the finest of storytelling singers.

If you believe in guitar and drum rock ‘n’ roll, Big Station is your ticket to paradise.