Alejandro Escovedo – With These Hands

Given Escovedo's current fate (stricken with Hepatitis C), this 1996 reissue is particularly welcome. Remastered with an extra disc of live recordings from that year, With These Hands was a rocking departure from the ex-Rank And File man's solo predecessors. With Willie Nelson, brother Pete (ex-Santana) and niece Sheila E on board, it's a suitably raucous affair, though the full band tends to swamp Escovedo's dusky timbre occasionally. The spare "Pissed Off 2am" and "Tired Skin" (vox/piano only) are more affecting, as is the title track's percussive Latino snap.

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Given Escovedo’s current fate (stricken with Hepatitis C), this 1996 reissue is particularly welcome. Remastered with an extra disc of live recordings from that year, With These Hands was a rocking departure from the ex-Rank And File man’s solo predecessors. With Willie Nelson, brother Pete (ex-Santana) and niece Sheila E on board, it’s a suitably raucous affair, though the full band tends to swamp Escovedo’s dusky timbre occasionally. The spare “Pissed Off 2am” and “Tired Skin” (vox/piano only) are more affecting, as is the title track’s percussive Latino snap. A crucial step towards the style-encompassing brilliance of his 2001 belter A Man Under The Influence.

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