Review: Calexico’s Algiers

Calexico: AlgiersCalexico: Algiers (Anti-, 9/11/12)


Calexico: “Splitter”

Going on four years without a proper album, Arizona-based Calexico is back with Algiers, the band’s sixth full-length. Recorded in New Orleans, the album bares the band’s familiar incarnation of modern-day Americana — but not since 2003’s Feast of Wire has Calexico been so immediately accessible.

Swarms of strings, horns, shakers, and brush-stroked drumbeats all set the scene of desert-dry, Southwestern lamentations. From lonesome highway dweller “Fortune Teller” to the meandering and mesmerizing title track to the grim and gritty “The Vanishing Mind,” Calexico’s hook-riddled doses of lost and lonesome souls have rarely sounded better.

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