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This is a Masterpiece.
There, I've said it. There's not many albums that I'd put at this level. It makes me immediately think of downgrading the 5 stars I've already given to others in reviews. Juarez doesn't compare easily: Country? yes but don't know any others sounding like this, Rock? well yes a bit, Rock opera? no but close, more like connected song cycle, but then Tommy always wrongly categorised, Folk? yes-ish but doesn't help, Alt-country / Americana? yes, it's certainly about America, Tex-mex, yes but not overtly so until near the end, Border Music; yes indeed! It's a story told by a series of songs plus some wry descriptive monologue (from Allen himself). The story is about Sailor and Alice, Jabo and Chic - each pair makes their way from Southern California to Cortez, Colorado, where they meet and fight, leaving two dead. The survivors flee to Juarez, Mexico (probably by Buick!). The story doesn't amount to a terrific amount but it provides a lot to chew over and a set of excellent songs many which stand very well on their own.
Apart from one instrumental, of which more later, Allen sings throughout, accompanying himself on piano very effectively, occasionally augmented by guitar, dobro, mandolin and/or fiddle. He likes 3/4 time but can switch easily to barrelhouse as the mood requires (and by God does the keyboard take a a beating at times!). The tone is intimate so you are almost shocked when a vocal chorus pops up, three tracks from the end, in "La Despedida" where there's, "..an old Spanish lady, singing into a microphone, an her old voice is shaky but she's singing one hell of a song." This is followed by a slow paced instrumental, "El Camino (The Highway)" with a marvellous mix of instruments - muffled battledrum behind - piano takes the theme first, followed by accordion, then fiddle - my neck hairs usually quiver at this stage! Then it's up tempo for a lovely closer with vocal (en Espanyol) and accordion in full Mexican border mode. Somehow there's some optimism here in spite of the earlier tragedy.
From his later albums particularly, "Lubbock on Everything", Allen can fairly be classified as a country singer and a damn good one. Originally coming from Lubbock and loosely part of the Butch Hancock, Joe Ely and Jimmy Dale Gilmore set, but quite a bit more obscure than them to most people. Most of his other albums (with the odd exception!) have been more conventional collections of country-flavoured songs often with a fierce dose of satire.
It's worth adding that this was Allen's very first album released in 1976 albeit on a very minor label. What a debut! It was subsequently picked up by Sugar Hill for re-release. In his sleeve notes Dave Alvin compares it favourably to Dylan's "Blood on the Tracks" and Randy Newman's "Good Old Boys". I've also seen references to the "After the Goldrush", Neil Young in the piano-led portions, particularly the title track, and also the Stones performing, "Dead Flowers". I wouldn't disagree with either of these but Terry's his own man, doing his own thing. He really deserves a listen. Though sneaking up on this little beauty via, say, "Lubbock..." might not be a bad idea for someone new to the very talented, Terry Allen. (I didn't even mention that Terry was originally trained as an architect, is an artist who is represented in the New York Museum of Modern Art and many more, and has collaborated on a film soundtrack with David Byrne.)
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