Alejandro Escovedo – The Boxing Mirror

The Boxing Mirror

Alejandro EscovedoThe Boxing Mirror Back Porch 09463-57192-2-2 (2006)

Uggh.  What a disappointment.  Alejandro sounds disinterested, tired, and he is doing little more here than coasting on songs that simply approximate things he’s done before — better.  That is such a shame, because I had always thought producer John Cale was the perfect person to help realize a great Alejandro album.  THIS certainly isn’t that at all.  Maybe it was the young John Cale that Escovedo really needed.  Aside from the closer, “Take Your Place (Larry Goetz mix),” The Boxing Mirror is just utterly boring.  Maybe more than that even, it’s embarrassing.