Bruce Springsteen sur le prochain album d’Alejandro Escovedo, « Street Songs of Love »

Bruce Springsteen chante avec Alejandro Escovedo sur Faith, un titre de Street Songs of Love, nouvel album, à paraître le 21 juin 2010, de celui que Rolling Stone a qualifié de « parrain du country rock moderne ».

Vous pouvez écouter une autre chanson de cet album, Street Songs, sur le site de Vanity Fair.

Voici la présentation de cet album par les amis de Badlands, chez qui vous pouvez déjà le commander.

The great Alejandro Escovedo’s new album ‘Street Songs of Love’ is due June 21 on Concord Records. Tony Visconti (T. Rex, David Bowie, U2, Morrissey) took the production reins.

« A band record, » as Escovedo puts it, ‘Street Songs of Love’ is made up of tightly focused rock and roll and lush ballads. He says, « It ended up being an album about love ­ the pursuit of a feeling that is forever elusive, mysterious, and addictive. »

Bruce Springsteen sings on the rocker « Faith » and Ian Hunter lends his voice to « Down In The Bowery, » a song that Escovedo dedicates to his son.

« To call Alejandro Escovedo the godfather of modern country rock would sell him short, » wrote Will Hermes in Rolling Stone. Escovedo has appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brian, The Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and performed at the Democratic National Convention in 2008. He sang at Bonnaroo last year and said, « He bared his heart and scars with equal aplomb, and with a feedback-drenched, dual-guitar attack. » Escovedo earned an AMA Lifetime Achievement Award for Performing in 2006. Alejandro has of course joined the Boss on stage in his native Texas.

Et voici un avant-goût d’un article consacré à Street Songs of Love, à paraître dans le mensuel Uncut.

Escovedo shares a manager with Bruce Springsteen these days, a connection that’s inescapable on this tenth solo LP. His Bossness himself adds brawn to the suitably muscle-bound duet « Faith », and indeed there’s a ‘big production’ feel to this whole thing, no doubt aided by the presence of Born In The USA mixman, Bob Clearmountain. Yet it remains very much a personal Escovedo project, a meditation not only on the myriad forms of love but also a tribute to both family and departed friends.

The songs themselves (mostly co-written with Chuck Prophet) were forged over a two-month residency at Austin’s Continental Club, where he and his trusty backing band – The Sensitive Boys – chiselled and chipped until they took shape. Then along came Tony Visconti, adding the same robust, freewheeling production that he brought to 2008’s Real Animal. This is Escovedo in lean, bullish mood, tunes like « Silver Cloud » and « This Bed Is Getting Crowded » almost a throwback to the inflamed roots-rock of his ’80s band, the True Believers. « Tender Heart » even finds him and the band buzzing away like early Elvis Costello & The Attractions. That said, Escovedo is as reflective as he is melodic, and never more so than on « Down In The Bowery ». Here, aided by old buddy Ian Hunter (who he’s publicly thanked for sticking by him when stricken by Hepatitis-C a few years back), Escovedo addresses his teenage son, Paris, currently undergoing a turbulent stage. « I’d buy you a smile in a minute, » he sings in soft tones, « But would you wear it? »

Then there’s « Tula », a tribute to late Mississippi writer and friend Larry Brown, a slippery swamp-funk thing that recalls both Little Feat and the Los Lobos of Kiko. And « Fort Worth Blue », an acoustic elegy to his onetime guitarist Stephen Bruton, who died last year. The aforementioned « Faith » finds Escovedo and Springsteen punching out verses like an affirmation of the religious power of rock’n’roll itself. Which is more than apt and highly symbolic of this record as a whole. Escovedo sounds truly spirited.

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