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Ashgrove based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I believe every word Dave Alvin sings! How can you not? The man means what he says. He's clearly got the passion and conviction needed to pull of this wonderful batch of new tunes, which makes up 2004's Ashgrove. And that passion is never esoteric or condescending. Rather, it's visceral and honestly emotive, but never comes close to maudlin or embarrassing. The dichotomy on Ashgrove is revved up electric blues/rock (coming closer to rock) and mellower, mostly acoustic singer/songwriter fare. Both work extremely well. Electrified tunes like "Ashgrove", "Black Sky", and "Out Of Control" fit perfectly alongside gorgeous, poignant numbers like "Rio Grande", "The Man In The Bed", and "Everett Ruess". All and all, a wonderfully rootsy recording--and, given the paucity of homemade music these days, an important one as well. Alvin's legions of fans will surely be satisfied with this release.
Hearing Mr. Alvin on "The Ride" by Los Lobos, I had to search out more of his work. I started with "Ashgrove" because it contained "Somewhere in Time". Believe it or not, this version is better than the one on "The Ride". Where have I been? The rest of the CD is just as great.