Joey Burns and John Convertino formed band Calexico, a now big name in world music who are returning with their interpretation of this classic Arthur Lee and Love song. Combining their mixed roots, including Canada, The US and Germany, this has clearly influenced their latest offering.
This version is guaranteed to put a smile on your face, whilst leaving you with the desire to start the barbeque, open the wine and invite your guests round for a beginning of summer celebration.
Whether you are going to a festival, jetting off in search of sun, sea, sand and sangria, or just staying where you are, stick this tune on, lay back, relax and dream of warmer climes, because summer is here and Calexico is providing the soundtrack to it. Just don’t expect cocktails at the click of a finger!
The infectious variety of acoustic guitars, gives a carefree Mexican or Spanish flamenco feel, perhaps due to the Arizonan influence, and is complete with softly chilled out vocals.
“And I will be alone again tonight, my dear”
Lyrically the vibes are not so positive as they pine over a girl they cannot get, and sing about loneliness and being alone.
But don’t let this deter you, the music certainly invokes the imagination as well as portraying something most can identify with.
If a more down to earth style of guitar music is your scene then try “Convict Pool”a more orthodox offering, which is full of soft vocals and calm sounds. As it progresses, the tones grow, before peaking with steel drums and a mixture of other instruments, then hushing down again to the soft vocals and musical sounds to end.
“In the land of salvation
Is where you ll find this masterpiece”
They sing cryptically on this deeper, but pleasant backing song to “Alone Again Or”
Alone Again Or, is released 14th July 2003, on Anglo Plugging records. Two remixes of album song “Woven Birds” are included also.