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For cheap wine and fake fires...
on 8 January 2016
Rediscovering this a little at the moment, as like many other reviewers I was somewhat disappointed on initial listens.
It is very much an easy listening, almost Muzak album of Cuban and Tex-Mex style choons, lots of mid-spice rhythms and laid back riffs. Very summery, very disposable really. Best of the bunch are the early, fifties diner and Perdita style twang tracks, and the upbeat but over too quickly title track.
Agree with a number of reviewers that the sound quality is - strange, with rising and falling levels and a strange way of processing the guitars into a fuzzy backdrop.
Not Cooder's best, but still quite likeable if like me, you're sipping cheap wine in front of a fake fire on a cold and rainy night.