3rd Best Album of 2008, Alejandro Escovedo’s “Real Animal”

After Por Vida, in which a small army of A-list artists paid their respects, the world was waiting for Alejandro Escovedo to put out a record that showcased why all the accolades were understatements. The Boxing Mirror wasn’t it.  And of course it probably couldn’t have been, as the record Al made as he recovered from Hep C and getting on The Program found him just a bit too brittle and unsteady on his feet.  But Tony Visconti proved to be a perfect midwife for Alejandro to get down on digits the collection of songs he and Chuck Prophet wrote to tell the story of his life.  With references to The Nuns and the Chelsea Hotel and his musical hero Iggy Pop, Real Animal finally did it, and now radio listeners and fans of The Boss can learn for themselves what that distant Austin ruckus was all about.

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