Feast of Wire These country-rock abstractionists make songs full of Sergio Leone set pieces and Mexicali blues, with random bursts of jazz swagger ("Crumble") and pop bliss ("Not… Feast of Wire These country-rock abstractionists make songs full of Sergio Leone set pieces and Mexicali blues, with random bursts of jazz swagger ("Crumble") and pop bliss ("Not… 2003-02-18 Calexico
Music Review

Feast of Wire (2003)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Feb 18, 2003; Lead Performance: Calexico

These country-rock abstractionists make songs full of Sergio Leone set pieces and Mexicali blues, with random bursts of jazz swagger (''Crumble'') and pop bliss (''Not Even Stevie Nicks...''). Like Marty Robbins and Lydia Mendoza, Calexico's Joey Burns sees the Mexican-American borderlands as dreamscapes full of beauty and tragedy. Yet even when things look bleak, his group's mariachi soul will soothe your heart.

Originally posted Mar 14, 2003 Published in issue #700 Mar 14, 2003 Order article reprints