A Man Under the Influence

A Man Under the Influence

by Alejandro EscovedoAlejandro Escovedo


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Alejandro Escovedo is one of rock's rarest breeds -- an artist who's been able to gracefully mature and mellow, from punk rock beginnings to jut-jawed rootsiness to his current footing in singer-songwriter sincerity. A melancholy elegance pervades A Man Under the Influence, Escovedo's sixth solo album, one that can be heard in the languid blend of cello, pedal steel, and acoustic guitar that serves as the canvas for many of the songs here. Escovedo is most affecting on those songs -- like the two-pronged heart attack of "Wave" and "Rosalie" -- that are most personal to him, in this case, tales of immigrant passage that cut the listener to the quick. On the other hand, he needs nothing more than an unanswered phone or a whiff of perfume to call up images, like those permeating "About This Love" and "Don't Need You," that conjure infectious feelings of romantic longing. A Man Under the Influence is rife with songs that combine hope and resignation in a manner likely to ring true with anyone trying to keep his or her head above the emotional riptide.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/24/2001
Label: Bloodshot Records
UPC: 0744302006420
catalogNumber: 20064

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alejandro Escovedo   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Chris Stamey   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,kurzweil,sleigh bells,Guitar (Baritone)
Mitch Easter   Electric Guitar
Hector Muñoz   Drums,Tambourine,Orchestral Percussion
David Perales   Violin,Vocal Harmony
Lynn Blakey   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Eric Heywood   Pedal Steel Guitar,Pump Organ,Vocal Harmony
Joe Eddy Hines   Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Mike Daly   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Mandolin,Pedal Steel Guitar,Guitar (12 String Electric),Mando-Guitar
Ryan Adams   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Chip Robinson   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Caitlin Cary   Violin,Background Vocals
Cornbread   Bass
Jon Wurster   Shaker
Aaron Oliva   Double Bass,Bowed Double Bass

Technical Credits

Chris Stamey   Producer,Engineer
Mitch Easter   Engineer
Dana Lee Smith   Artwork

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