Garden Ruin On their early albums of scratchy, idiosyncratic mariachi-band-influenced desert rock, Calexico core members John Convertino and Joey Burns seemed to believe that Sam Peckinpah was… Garden Ruin On their early albums of scratchy, idiosyncratic mariachi-band-influenced desert rock, Calexico core members John Convertino and Joey Burns seemed to believe that Sam Peckinpah was… 2006-04-11 Calexico Country Rock
Music Review

Garden Ruin (2006)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Apr 11, 2006; Lead Performance: Calexico; Genres: Country, Rock

On their early albums of scratchy, idiosyncratic mariachi-band-influenced desert rock, Calexico core members John Convertino and Joey Burns seemed to believe that Sam Peckinpah was not only alive and well — or as well as the auteur/boozehound ever was — but auditioning soundtrack composers for a Wild Bunch sequel. Almost a decade on, the crisply lush Garden Ruin barely sounds like the work of the same people, as the duo complete their transformation into purveyors of genuinely fine country songwriting. True, some distinctiveness has been lost along the way, but that is largely recompensed by the quality of such tracks as ''Cruel,'' ''All Systems Red,'' and the quite beautiful ''Bisbee Blue.''

Originally posted May 19, 2006 Published in issue #878 May 26, 2006 Order article reprints
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