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Calexico is no stranger to negotiating borders. For the better part of two decades, eight albums, and countless trips around the globe, Joey Burns and John Convertino have crossed musical barriers with their band, embracing a multitude of diverse styles, variety in instrumentation, and well-cultivated signature sounds. Under fences it digs and over mountains it climbs, sometimes into untrodden ... Read more in Amazon's Calexico Store

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  • Vinyl (5 Sept. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: EU IMPORT
  • ASIN: B001C9Z3QO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,193 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Victor Jara's Hands
2. Two Silver Trees
3. News About William
4. Sarabande In Pencil Form
5. Writer's Minor Holiday
6. Man Made Lake
7. Inspiracion
8. House Of Valparaiso
9. Slowness
10. Bend To The Road
11. El Gatillo
12. Fractured Air (Tornado Watch)
13. Falling From Sleeves
14. Red Blooms
15. Contention City

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It's probable that many still think of Tucson, Arizona's Calexico as an indie-rock band dabbling in the fields of country and mariachi music, but so skilfully played and richly textured is Carried to Dust, the sixth album from Joey Burns and John Convertino's long-running collective, that it feels churlish to think of them as anything less than the real deal. Uniting players including Iron and Wine's Sam Beam, Tortoise's Doug McCombs, Spanish singer-guitarist Amparo Sanchez and Iowa songwriter Pieta Brown, Carried to Dust forsakes the rockier, somewhat conventional tones of previous album Garden Ruin, harking back instead to 2003's career high watermark Feast of Wire. While diverse in genre, crucially it doesn't feel so, Calexico lassoing myriad styles and making them their own. So whether drifting the plains in true mariachi style ("Insparacion"), playing serene lap-steel country ("Hole in Your Hand (Bend in the Road)"), or whipping up a political storm on "Victor Jara's Hand"--tribute to an activist unjustly killed by the Chilean state police in the '70s––Carried to Dust feels both adventurous and comfortable on whatever turf it chooses to walk. ––Louis Pattison

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Andy Sweeney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Dec. 2008
Format: Audio CD
It's quite astonishing that Calexico's 'Carried To Dust' hasn't made more headlines this year. It is almost as if they are just expected to carry on releasing superb albums and their quality of work is virtually taken for granted these days. Their whole sound on this album is a celebration of the fusion of traditional and contemporary South-Western American music, incorporating a beguiling mixture of styles, such as the Latin rhythms and Mariachi horns on the excellent opener, 'Victor Jara's Hands', a tribute to the Chilean poet & musician who was murdered in the early 70's, 'Bend To The Road', which filters a little jazz into the proceedings, 'Writer's Minor Holiday', a dusty pop-rock song which has echoes of Grant Lee Buffalo and the chilled-out soundscape of the album closer, 'Contention City'. Those songs are only examples of the richness of influence and musical texture you can expect from this release and each wonderful track has something unique to offer to your listening experience.

Apart from those mentioned above, other songs which stand out for me include the dark and beautiful 'Two Silver Trees', the impossibly grand 'The News About William' (which could have easily featured in a John Ford film), the delicious distorted guitar of 'Man Made Lake', the haunting vocals on the laid-back 'House Of Valparaiso', a duet with Sam Beam (Iron and Wine), and the beautiful, almost-soporific 'Red Blooms'. Add to those highlights the romantic Spanish drama of 'Inspiracion', the straight-forward, sweet country duet of 'Slowness', the mesmerising acoustic guitar picking of 'Falling From Sleeves' and what sounds like the theme to a Spaghetti Western in 'El Gatillo (Trigger Revisited)' and you have one of the most remarkable and essential albums of the year. There is everything to like about 'Carried To Dust' and it deserves all of the superlatives you can possibly think of. Highly recommended.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Demob Happy on 9 Oct. 2008
Format: Audio CD
`Carried to Dust` is Calexico's most mature work to date, arguably the best synthesis of their frontier atmospherics and Latin-inflected country songwriting. The follow-up to 2005's much-dismissed `Garden Ruin', `Carried to Dust' makes the `South-Western noir' tag stick better than any other Calexico album. It's a record of great dusky beauty, varied and unusual musicianship and haunting songs. More understated than their aknowledged masterpiece `Feast of Wire`, `Carried to Dust' may pass that benchmark in time with its flickering, insidious quality. Cinematic but subtle, whispery yet substantial, there are fewer straight-out brooding Enio Morricone instrumentals, only one blatant Tex-Mex jam. The album is largely song-orientated but, unlike Garden Ruin, deftly impressionistic, with ghostly electronic touches that recall Wilco's `Ghost is Born`, Bon Iver's `Emma, Forever Ago`, and the work of long-term collaborator Iron & Wine, aka Samuel Beam, who features here on the sublime `House Of Valparaiso'.

Despite working with a number of guest singers and musicians (also including Canadian singer Pieta Brown and Amparanoia's Amparo Sanchez) Joey Burns and John Convertino have been successful in qwelling the magpie-ish tendencies of previous albums, sustaining a coherent mood over a (thankfully) more concise 45 minutes. While it may not have the epic scope and more various thrills of `Feast of Wire', `Carried to Dust' is a more focused album - the sound of a band comfortable with their, um, sound, and the possibilities it presents. As much as I loved the border country schtick that made them famous, I always felt that band were doomed to pigeonholing and it is great to hear them pull off an album of songs without compromising their South-Western soul.
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Aleksandar Petrovic on 29 Jun. 2009
Format: Vinyl
I have to say that vinyl edition of this Calexico album is of very high quality. I was a little bit sceptic when ordering, considering my previous experience with new vinyl arriving with scratches, dirt, and has audible hiss and pops although arrived new and unpacked. When this one arrives I was very pleased to see that it was clear, no visible dirt or fingertips on vinyl, just as it's suppose to be. Then, after playing it, I could fully enjoy clear vinyl sound at its finest. This prooves to be one of the best buys I have made among new vinyl editions.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Gilmore on 7 July 2014
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Calexico's Finest Album To Date 20 Sept. 2008
By Trillian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I'll admit I have been a huge Calexico fan for awhile, but each of their albums have had a few songs that just didn't do it for me. Not so with this album, which could alternately be titled "The Best Elements Of Calexico From Start To Finish." If you're looking for Calexico's trademark mariachi-style trumpets married to a modern techno beat, you'll find it in "Inspiracion" and the guitar-heavy "El Gatillo". "Two Silver Trees" is a superb effort that combines some seriously seductive hooks with the softer side of Joey Burns' amazing vocals. Like many people, I'm eagerly waiting for another Iron & Wine/Calexico collaboration, so I was delighted to listen to Sam Beam's guest contribution on the exquisitely gorgeous "House of Valparaiso". As a whole I think Calexico take a step or two toward the pop side of things, but let me stress that this is not a bad thing in the least. ALL of the classic elements of the band are here in spades - the creative instrumentation, thoughtful lyrics, and wonderful vocal arrangements. This makes for one heck of a fine album, and an extremely enjoyable one at that.
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Frankenstein folk 13 Sept. 2008
By threestarsmash - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The heart of Calexico, Arizonians Joey Burns and John Convertino, have always played music which is difficult to nail down into one category or another. Like the border town from which their name originates, Calexico's music is a mish-mash blend of California and Mexico, Western and spaghetti western, good and evil, grounded and uprooted.

Some might get the idea that the "Mexican" influence means Calexico's music sounds like a failed Taco Bell ad campaign, colorful tacos and sombreros mandatory. They'd be dead wrong. It's more like the self-assured, world-wise output of Chile's storied and excellent Inti-Illimani---based upon certain elements, but ever steering the ship into uncharted waters---or the alternative soundtrack to Tarantino's awful Kill Bill movies (no offense to Morricone intended).

Perhaps the defining Calexican moment was singing and dancing along with their "Sunken Waltz" (from 2003's near-flawless Feast of Wire), a modern folk-pop fairytale about a maverick who builds a machine to sink California into the Pacific Ocean. Carried to Dust's opening cut, "Victor Jara's Hands," crackles with the same experimental folk energy. Expert Latin horns and drumwork infuse it with an elusive mystique uncommon to folk Americana. Elsewhere, slower cuts like "Falling From Sleeves" or the closing "Contention City" deliver more pastoral vibes.

The album is a "return to non-form" of sorts, as Feast of Wire was the biggest step outside of a comfort zone evident on other Calexico records, with tracks like the introductory subsonic rumbling of "Pepita," or the truly unique "Quattro (World Drifts In)." Nothing on Carried to Dust quite matches up to these moments in terms of strangeness, but it is certainly a more varied and gratifying effort than the lackluster Garden Ruin (2006).

Fans of this intoxicating blend of playing Frankenstein with American folk rock may also enjoy the oddity of Slim Cessna's Auto Club or Munly & The Lee Lewis Harlots, purveyors of a rollicking new "Denver sound"---a heady mixture of spooky Americana and psychopunk/rockabilly.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Best Band in America 13 Sept. 2008
By William P. Spicer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Easily in the top 10 of '08. Burns and Convertino are at the top of their collective game with this batch of tunes. As another reviewer stated- seeing this band perform live is quite the musical treat. Next to the word "eclectic" in the dictionary stands a picture of the band Calexico. You spaghetti western? You got it. You want southern rock? Sure. You want pop? No problem.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent introduction for late-comers like myself 23 Feb. 2009
By Paul Allaer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Let me state upfront that I am a late-comer to the Calexico fanfest. This is the 8th album in the band's rich history since 1997 but it's the first album I've discovered after hearing/reading so much critical acclaim on this that I just had to seek this out, and you can rest assured it won't be the last album I'll be listening to from these guys.

"Carried To Dust" (15 tracks; 45 min.) brings a mesmerizing mix of indie-folk-electric-country-Latin sounds, and even these descriptions don't do full justice to the band. The album consists of a slew of short (in the 3-4 min. range) songs (with 2 short instrumentals) that make their point, and then the band moves on. It all results in a dreamy state of affairs that I just can't put down. There are of course no 'hits' on here, but plenty of highlights: the opener "Victor Jara's Hands" sets the table; "Man Made Lake" ends in a searing electric guitar solo; "Inspiracion" is a Spanish-song little ditty with great Mexican horns; "House of Valparaiso" features Iron & Wine's Sam Beam on vocals; and so on. There are really no weak tracks on here, period.

In all this is a great album that deserves all the critical acclaim it has gotten. I can only hope to see these guys live at some point, what a show that I suspect it would be. Hopefully they'll be either at Coachella or Bonnaroo, both of which I'll be attending this year. Meanwhile, "Carried To Dust" is highly recommended!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Nothing Trite, Nothing But the Best 12 Sept. 2008
By Ginna in Cville - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
In their 6th CD Calexico does not disappoint. Joey Burns gets better and better, Jacob Valanzuila is an incredible talent, the band's performance as a whole is flawless. And they bring in the very best guest performers. This CS is second only to seeing them in live performance, an experience which is a must for any music lover. Great depth in this music.
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