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Tomorrowland, the title of Ryan Bingham’s new album, sounds futuristic, but the Oscar-winning singer/songwriter hints, “Maybe it’s not so much about looking ahead as it is about leaving things behind.”
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  • Audio CD (12 Nov. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import Music Services
  • ASIN: B000VDDCHE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,035 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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(2007/UMG) 14 tracksMedium 1
  1. Southside Of Heaven
  2. The Other Side
  3. Bread And Water
  4. Don't Wait For Me
  5. Baracho Station
  6. Sunshine
  7. Ghost Of Travelin' Jones
  8. Hard Times
  9. Dollar A Day
  10. Take It Easy Mama
  11. Long Way From Georgia
  12. Ever Wonder Why
  13. Sunrise
  14. For What It's Worht

BBC Review

Already making waves since its US release last autumn, here's a very pleasant surprise to get 2008 underway. After releasing self-financed records such as Lost Bound Rails and Wishbone Saloon, the 25-year-old Texas-born western troubadour steps up with his major label debut. When that major label is Lost Highway, with its track record of never-less-than-interesting signings (and home to another talented Ryan), you know that you are in for something special.

Photogenic, with a great story to tell, Bingham has worked with former Black Crowes guitarist Marc Ford as producer. Together they have crafted an emotional work that begs repeated listening, full of tall tales from Bingham's iterant upbringing on the west Texas/New Mexico border. There is little question that Bingham has actually lived the life, spending years on the rodeo circuit, sleeping rough and pitching up at barrooms with his acoustic.

Influenced by Bob Dylan, Marshal Tucker and Bob Wills, the music can't help but echo these great performers, but Bingham adds his own distinctive flavour, with his whiskey and smoke vocals. Mescalito updates the western swing format perfectly for the 21st century. The rough-hewn emotional blues of "Don't Wait For Me", the atmospheric "Southside Of Heaven", the stomping "Bread And Water" and the mariachi-influenced "Boracho Station" demonstrate why Bingham will be one of the names to drop in 2008, with an album that it sounds as if it's been unearthed from 1972. --Daryl Easlea

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Big Jim TOP 100 REVIEWER on 1 May 2008
Format: Audio CD
Not going to add greatly to what has already been said, the Steve Earle and young Dylan influences are certainly obvious but I would just like to throw John Hiatt into the mix especially on "Ghost of Travellin Jones".

One thing I don't think has been picked up on yet is the excellent musicianship throughout, with some superb pedal steel/bottleneck playing, very sweet country style violin and some thoughtful banjo picking on various tracks.

Lovely album
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. G. Wilson on 6 Mar. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Mescalito is the (major label) debut of Ryan Bingham a native of New Mexico, jammed full of Texas country, recorded in Nashville and Long Beach, California! When you're building on years of tradition in country, roots and rock, innovation is not really the issue. What you want to know is: is it any good and how does it sound? And the answers are: it's good - really good, and if you heard this on the radio you'd know Bingham's croaky voice right away. Sure there are hints of other writers, singers and players, but what do you expect in 2008? Bingham and his band create a joyous, footstomping noise, especially on stand out track 'Bread and Water'. Sure it's dumb. No there's not too much in the lyrics that's deep and meaningful. Sure you've heard it all before, but rarely have you heard it this good. In short, Mescalito rocks.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M Errington VINE VOICE on 7 Mar. 2008
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Ryan Bingham sounds like a young Tom Waits with a Texas drawl, and I can hear musical influences from Steve Earle, Springsteen and Dylan's Nashville Skyline period. This is Country Rock with enough of a rough edge to keep it interesting all the way through. More than anything else he has achieved a sound that is distinctive. Whenever I put 'Bread and Water' on I jump around like a lunatic. The only reason it doesn't get five stars from me is because I think that his song-writing skills might still improve a bit.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 July 2008
Format: Audio CD
Karma ? Yin and Yang ? Synchronicity ? Who Know's.

What I do know for sure, however, is that having spent
a couple of painfully wasted hours listening to Santogold's execrable
debut album I was very ready for some honest musical sustenance.

I found it here In Ryan Bingham's most recent album 'Mescalito'.

Comparisons abound but try to put them to one side.
Let's listen to Mr Bingham on his own evident merits.

Somehow honesty and authenticity shines through in all
music of worth and this is indeed a very worthy little album.

The grit and gravel in our hero's voice serves his material well.
Whether in slippin' and slidin' stompers such as 'Bread and Water'
and "Dollar A Day', or in more tender reflective songs such as
'Don't Wait For Me', 'For What It's Worth' and the beautiful 'Ever Wonder Why'.

Mr Ford's production is four-square , lucid and subtely complementary.
A fine supporting cast augment and enhance the arrangements without
the need for superfluous frills and trills.
Mr Schaub's guitar and mandolin are a particular joy.

A very impressive and enjoyable debut.

I'm already looking forward to the next installment.

Highly Recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Carter on 9 July 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is a fabulous debut album of rustic country/americana music from Ryan Bingham and his band. Ryans voice is dry and gruff and this is authentic american western desert electric blues music - you can almost taste the heat and dust in Ryans voice. The music sounds unlike anyone else that comes to mind - it has depth musically and lyrically. It is a long time since I have enjoyed an album as much as this. I love Southside of Heaven, Hard Times, Ghost of Travelling Jones, Sunrise and Long Way From Georgia, but find the constant hand-clapping on Bread and Water annoying - I heard this song played live on the radio without any hand-clapping and it was so much better, I hope a live version of the song is released eventually. The overall track sequence is in my mind disjointed, but then it is easy to create your own to the benefit of the whole package. The hidden track at the end isn't really a song as such, but more a statement of authenticity and brings the CD to a nice conclusion, although the gap between it and the last official track is frustrating. I really cannot wait for the next album - more of the same please.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Holden C. on 3 Feb. 2008
Format: Audio CD
The problem with giving a five star review is it leaves little room for manoeuvre if you here something better. In this case I am fairly sure that will not be an issue - this record is simply outstanding. A glance at the cover photo somehow gives a promise of something special and a visit to the Lost Highway website gives a hint that they are expecting big things from Ryan Bingham.They are not about to be disappointed. Steve Earle, Chris Knight and Joe Ely compaisons will no doubt haunt him in the short term but you only have to hear the man play slide guitar alone to realise that an individual and serious new talent has emerged. There is a good deal of variety here from the introspection of Long Way From Georgia to the frantic guitar playing on the riotous Bread & Water, and his raw but controlled vocal style is warm and compelling. In short this album is a gem. Only slight quibble - why do an increasing number of artists find it necessary to conceal a 'hidden' track about five minutes after the so called final track has ended?. Sorry Mr. Bingham you still get 5 stars though.
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