Bill Kopp/MusoScribe/Colorado Springs Independent/February 20, 2017 –
Throughout the course of his long and musically varied career, Alejandro Escovedo has explored many musical forms: punk, country, rock and more. Back in 1998, the influential music magazine No Depression named him its Artist of the Decade. And while his recent string of albums found him working closely with celebrated David Bowie producer Tony Visconti, for 2016’s Burn Something Beautiful, Escovedo decided, as he’s done countless times throughout his career, to change direction. This time out, he’s hooked up with some new collaborators: Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows, Minus 5) and former R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck.
Both Buck and McCaughey — as well as band members Kurt Bloch (Fastbacks) and John Moen (The Decemberists) — live in the Pacific Northwest, and it’s that region’s enduring reputation for hard-edged rock that informs Burn Something Beautiful. “I don’t think I could have made this record in any other location than in Portland, Oregon, with those guys,” Escovedo says. “They brought that Northwestern fuzziness and distortion, in-your-face guitars, and an adventurous spirit that I love very much.”