|1. Alone Again Or|
|2. Convict Pool|
|3. Si Tu Disais|
The problem with Convict Pool, a twenty-minute or so EP, is the heady expectation that comes with it. For a band that can right now do no wrong, you expect brilliance. But you don't get it here. The music is fine, though not as good as on the last album. Only a fraction less brilliant, but still. Actually, that's not quite true. If you bought the album in the UK, then you will already have half the songs on this EP as part of the European bonus tracklist on Feast of Wire. And it feels like something has been stolen from you.
No matter how good the filler tracks in between the familiar songs from Feast of Wire (and they are good, though not quite great), the familiarity of so much of this new release, and the too-high price tag, robs Calexico of some of their glory. You just can't help thinking you didn't need to buy this.
Ok, it's not bad, not at all. If you don't have Feast of Wire, it's a good purchase. But still, if you don't have Feast of Wire, you'd be better off getting that instead. Maybe this EP is just for completists, but even they are buying something that will diminish their own love for Calexico just a fraction.
Fingers are crossed, then, that the next full-length release lives up to the billing. By rights, it should be wonderful. This EP just isn't.
Alone Again Or-cover of 60's band Love, very good, got a vintage brass/folk rock sound, very happy which underlies a darker lyric
Convict Pool-understated thundering acoustic song,very emotional sounding
Si Tu Disais-Classic Calexico cover, originally by Francois Brut (?)originally on the ltd import of Feast of Wire with Link Wrays "Fallin Rain "(why is that not on here) along with
Corona-classic song,known by many as the song from Jackass. Its a Minutemen song, but the Calexico version adds the Mariachi horns and driving sound we all love
Praskovia-probably the most elkegant Calexico song yet, a more lush version of a waltz like Mazurka or Mazurra off Spoke,I imagine counts and countesses dancing to this one
Sirena-a new classic, rhythmically like Crystal Frontier, with a nice chorus and more understated horns
Besides all this its got a nifty bonus track of the cartoon El Kabong rides Again set to the tune of Minus De Cobra
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