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Cruel grounds leak truths never found

Posted by keepitcoming on March 30, 2006

I never delved into Calexico lyrics, and maybe I just had a really bad day, but reading what they wrote for their new opus, out soon, I thought they were pretty good. Musically, they’ve obviously taken cues from Sam Beam, such as leaving the drumkit alone sometimes, but that wasn’t the main draw for me. The songs I selected, the album’s opener and closer, are quite energetic, far from Iron & Wine‘s subdued style, which isn’t to say they are not emotional. The latter builds a crescendo around Joey Burns’ wistful voice and John Convertino’s drumming before unleashing a surprising wall of sound, while the former is a deceivingly upbeat number with just enough trumpet to keep things interesting.

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