Personnel includes: Alejandro Escovedo (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars); Chris Stamey (acoustic, electric & baritone guitars, harmonium, Acetone organ, Kurzweil synthesizer, bass, bells); Mike Daly (acoustic, electric, 12-string & pedal steel guitars, organ, chamberlin, bass); Joe Eddy Hines (acoustic, electric & slide guitars); Eric Heywood (electric & pedal steel guitars, pump organ, background vocals); Mitch Easter (electric guitar); Chip Robinson, Caitlin Cary (violin, background vocals); Brian Standefer (cello); Aaron Oliva (upright bass); Cornbread (bass, background vocals); Jon Wurster (drums, shaker); Hector Munoz (drums, tambourine); Chris Phillips (percussion); Ryan Adams, Lynn Blakey, Tonya Lamm (background vocals).
Recorded at Modern Recording, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
With his impassioned singing and honest songwriting, Alejandro Escovedo is one of the finest roots-rockers of the current era. On this 2001 release, he finds a sympathetic patron in Bloodshot Records, and outdoes himself with dramatic, spare arrangements and the occasional garage rave-up.
Spin (4/01, p.162) - 7 out of 10 - "...Vintage Escovedo....As he's done on a series of understated, underrated chamber-rock albums, [he] scatters familiar elements into new alignments..."
Q (7/01, p.108) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Melodic and moving..."