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The Black Light

Calexico Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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They call New Orleans a melting pot. When one thinks about it like that, it’s hardly surprising that this is where CALEXICO reconvened to record their seventh full-length album, ALGIERS. Joey Burns and John Convertino have long called upon an extended range of musical influences, blending them together so distinctly that the results have almost become a genre of their own. Nonetheless, ... Read more in Amazon's Calexico Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: QRTR
  • ASIN: B0000064B7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 338,345 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly Exciting Concept Album 28 Jan 2007
Format:Audio CD
If you have never heard Calexico, don't worry: you *will* love them. Because how could anybody not? They encompass such a wide range of styles and always manage to produce songs that are both melodically beautiful, rhythmically stunning and generally quite amazing.

They do this on The Black Light. There are several story themes running through this album about two lovers (one of the lovers dies) and the album takes you on an adventure following through highs and lows, cities and mountains and the outbacks of America. If you want to relax in the warm evening sun, or to dance late into the night, or to take a drive somewhere in the rain, this album can, should and will be your soundtrack.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning CD 7 Jun 2000
Format:Audio CD
I heard this CD as background music when I was round at a friend's house and was just enchanted by it. Are there a posse of bands out there in the wilderness making music like Calexico? I don't know, but this is a great album.
It's Ry Cooder meets Tom Waits meets a wandering band of mariachis in the desert, but the blend changes throughout the album: the dark guitar opens beautifully on "Gypsy's Curse" till the melody's taken on and up by the dreamy acordian; "Minas de Cobre" is pure mariachi brilliance, the chorusing trumpets blending with guitars and fabulous strings in music that should have been in a Sergio Leone film. The lyrics are dark and brooding - the chilling and desperate "Bloodflow", the empty waste of "The Ride (pt II)".
In fact the whole thing is cinematic in its evocativeness. Not to be missed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 7/10. Spaghetti westerns and pulp fiction 8 Jan 2008
Format:Audio CD
Calexico's second album is a sprawling, doom-laden and cinematic work that draws heavily on latin jazz, mariachi, country and gypsy folk. Typically rich in the kind of malevolent desert imagery and border country narratives that suggest the novels of Cormac McCarthy, `Black Light' explores territory that is more fully realised in their later work, particularly `Feat of Wire'. Another widescreen production, Calexico are seemingly the natural heirs to Ennio Morricone's wild west atmospherics (check out `Minas De Cobre').

From the opener `Gypsy's Curse', `Black Light' is heavy on nocturnal ambience, rendered in sometimes lengthy instrumental passages, but is lighter on songwriting. Calexico have never been great songwriters, partly because their thematic concerns seem more theatrical than heartfelt. Joey Burns also has a rather mild voice that sometimes undermines, rather than strengthens the credibility of their image-rich soundscapes. That's not to say none of the vocal tracks work - not at all, `Where Water Flows' features a nice interplay between Burns' verses and a creepy plucked guitar melody augmented with xylophone. However, it is worth noting for newcomers to Calexico that Feast of Wire is their most fully realised work in terms of both songcraft and sonic experimentation.

`Black Light' suffers a bit when listened to as a whole as it's mood is so relentlessly stark; even dirge-like and funereal. From the whispered vocals and spidery formlessness of the title track, the middle section sags and causes the listener's attention to wander. While it is all quite cohesive, it rather lacks the surprises and jolting shifts of mood of later albums.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top 5 all time Americana CD 8 Feb 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the great Americana CDs of all time and probably the most underrated. The mood relates to the name of the band - California mixed with Mexico. Put it on and imagine you are out in a border town with a Mariachi band playing in a small bar and you get the feel of the record. Beautifully played with a mix of strings, horns and pedal steel and the tight rhythmn section of Convertino and Burns (Giant Sand. You will love it. Give it a try!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars 7/10. Spaghetti westerns and pulp fiction 8 Jan 2008
Format:Audio CD
Calexico's second album is a sprawling, doom-laden and cinematic work that draws heavily on latin jazz, mariachi, country and gypsy folk. Typically rich in the kind of malevolent desert imagery and border country narratives that suggest the novels of Cormac McCarthy, `Black Light' explores territory that is more fully realised in their later work, particularly `Feat of Wire'. Another widescreen production, Calexico are seemingly the natural heirs to Ennio Morricone's wild west atmospherics (check out `Minas De Cobre').

From the opener `Gypsy's Curse', `Black Light' is heavy on nocturnal ambience, rendered in sometimes lengthy instrumental passages, but is lighter on songwriting. Calexico have never been great songwriters, partly because their thematic concerns seem more theatrical than heartfelt. Joey Burns also has a rather mild voice that sometimes undermines, rather than strengthens the credibility of their image-rich soundscapes. That's not to say none of the vocal tracks work - not at all, `Where Water Flows' features a nice interplay between Burns' verses and a creepy plucked guitar melody augmented with xylophone. However, it is worth noting for newcomers to Calexico that Feast of Wire is their most fully realised work in terms of both songcraft and sonic experimentation.

`Black Light' suffers a bit when listened to as a whole as it's mood is so relentlessly stark; even dirge-like and funereal. From the whispered vocals and spidery formlessness of the title track, the middle section sags and causes the listener's attention to wander. While it is all quite cohesive, it rather lacks the surprises and jolting shifts of mood of later albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album
What can I say? I've had this CD for years and have bought it for quite a few people as a gift since I first got it. Probably the best of their albums.
Published 18 months ago by Mrs. S. Billington
4.0 out of 5 stars Harder to trim than I thought!
Having been recently filling up a large (but not large enough!) ipod I wacked this not often listened to album on expecting to find I'd whittle it down fairly easily, but no. Read more
Published on 24 July 2011 by blodwynswayze
3.0 out of 5 stars For completeness' sake
Nice album, no doubt about it. Only, this one helped creating a genre that is now wide spread, so it doesn't sound as a discovery to me. Read more
Published on 11 July 2010 by Giorgio Maria Visimberga
5.0 out of 5 stars Apes
This album is totally awesome, dude. Your ears catch waves on its majestic audio currents.
Published on 9 April 2009 by Maresco Puglia
5.0 out of 5 stars Calexico is really Jazz!
A lot of reviews I've read of "Black Light" complain about the slow tempo of a lot of the songs on this CD, but I get the feeling they're approaching this music from what really is... Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2003 by Walter von Wegen
1.0 out of 5 stars Snore!
The idea of blending Californian, Mexican, and the country and Tex-Mex things together is good. The competence of these players is fine. Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Just wonderful
This cd is wonderful, just as most calexico's works. The peaceful guitar melodies combined with some the other instruments give a fragrance of classic latin, resulting in an... Read more
Published on 31 Oct 2001 by xmantelis@yahoo.com
1.0 out of 5 stars SILENT NOTES
This album is a example of silent notes in the latin music.In swizzerland called "soach".But don't forget the typically latin music !
Published on 17 Aug 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Monkeys heads drying green in tasty sun
Is this microphone dead? I heard Joey Burns was on day release from a mental hospital while promoting this record. Read more
Published on 3 Dec 2000
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