Escovedo, Alejandro / Burn Something Beautiful
Album: Burn Something Beautiful   Collection:General
Artist:Escovedo, Alejandro   Added:Nov 2016
Label:Fantasy Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2016-12-29 Pull Date: 2017-03-02
Week Ending: Feb 19 Feb 12 Feb 5 Jan 29 Jan 22 Jan 15 Jan 8
Airplays: 1 1 1 1 1 1 4

Recent Airplay
1. Oct 23, 2018: Magnetized Toner
Sunday Morning Feeling
4. Jan 31, 2017: Magnetized Toner
Shave The Cat
2. Feb 15, 2017: Viewer Discretion Advised
Sunday Morning Feeling, Horizontal
5. Jan 27, 2017: KZSU Time Traveler
Heartbeat Smile
3. Feb 11, 2017: Old Fart at Play
Johnny Volume
6. Jan 17, 2017: Magnetized Toner: 2/3 of R. W. Mix Vol. 1 + Best of 2016 (Epilogue)

Album Review
Telepathic Juan
Reviewed 2016-12-29
Burn Something Beautiful is the eleventh studio album by legendary San Antonio, Texas-born punker/troubadour Alejandro Escovedo. Taking clues from classic rock, 1970s glam, New York pre-punk, and early 1990s alternative, Burn Something Beautiful is a stylish guitar-driven record produced by Alejandro Escovedo’s longtime collaborator Scott McCaughey and newcomer Peter Buck from R.E.M. fame, who also played guitars and helped co-write the album. This is another great long play in a string of recent recordings by Alejandro Escovedo, who keeps writing exceptional songs as the years go by. One of my favorite albums of 2016.

RIYL: T. Rex, Johnny Thunders And The Original Heartbreakers, Steve Earle, Old 97’s and The Nuns.

Recommended Tracks: 1, 2, 3, 6, 8!!!, 9, 11, 12

1. (3:35) **Horizontal – Killer upbeat opener. Sets the mood for the rest of the album. Great guitars. The intro riff reminds me of something from R.E.M.’s Monster.
2. (3:35) **Heartbeat Smile – Classic rock 101 here. Medium-up tempo. It has a little of that energy from early Tom Petty records. Inspired guitars. Rock on!
3. (3:42) ***Sunday Morning Feeling – Another gem here. Feels like a mid 1970s NY punk ballad. Melancholic. Damn guitars! Medium-up tempo track.
4. (4:25) Suit Of Lights – Classic rock ballad. Support vocals by Kelly Hogan, member of Neko Case's backing band.
5. (3:31) Redemption Blues – Acoustic ballad. Kind of gritty. Real stuff here.
6. (3:06) *Shave The Cat – Upbeat rocker. T. Rex glam here. Slick!
7. (4:49) Johnny Volume – Slow tempo rocker. Intense.
8. (3:07) ***Beauty Of Your Smile – Punk storytelling at the speed of glam. Medium-up tempo. Killer guitars. My favorite track on the album.
9. (3:43) *I Don't Want To Play Guitar Anymore – Another solid rock track in the shape of a slow tempo ballad. 1970s rock forever.
10. (4:00) Beauty And The Buzz – More classic rock ballads for the 21st century.
11. (2:57) *Luna De Miel – Medium-up tempo recording that makes me think of the mid1990s band The Make-Up. Yeah!
12. (3:45) *Farewell To The Good Times – Medium-up rocker. Nice melody. Early Tom Petty forever.
13. (4:15) Thought I'd Let You Know – Nothing wrong with ending with a rock ballad. Sweet farewell.

Track Listing
1. Horizontal   7. Johnny Volume
2. Heartbeat Smile   8. Beauty Of Your Smile
3. Sunday Morning Feeling   9. I Don't Want To Play Guitar Anymore
4. Suit Of Lights   10. Beauty And The Buzz
5. Redemption Blues   11. Luna De Miel
6. Shave The Cat   12. Farewell To The Good Times
  13. Thought I'd Let You Know