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  • Audio CD (Sept. 9 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Quarter Stick
  • ASIN: B001CVCB9O
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,904 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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US LP pressing. 'Carried To Dust' is the sixth studio album from Joey Burnsand John Convertino's Calexico. Recorded at Wavelab Studiosin Tuscon, Arizona with long time collaborator Craig Schumacher, the album sees Calexico successfully bring together the rock orientated elements of their 2006 album 'Garden Ruin'with the classic Mexican inspired border town Americana that graced their early albums. 'Carried To Dust' also featuresguest spots from the likes of Iron and Wine's Sam Beam, Canadian singer Pieta Brown and Amparanoia's Amparo Sanchez.

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Format: Audio CD
Great music with a number of influences and 'voices' but takes a number of listens to appreciate.

I recommend taking the time, it's worth it.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa164dd98) out of 5 stars 26 reviews
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa120eb7c) out of 5 stars Calexico's Finest Album To Date Sept. 20 2008
By Trillian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I'll admit I have been a huge Calexico fan for awhile, but each of their albums have had a few songs that just didn't do it for me. Not so with this album, which could alternately be titled "The Best Elements Of Calexico From Start To Finish." If you're looking for Calexico's trademark mariachi-style trumpets married to a modern techno beat, you'll find it in "Inspiracion" and the guitar-heavy "El Gatillo". "Two Silver Trees" is a superb effort that combines some seriously seductive hooks with the softer side of Joey Burns' amazing vocals. Like many people, I'm eagerly waiting for another Iron & Wine/Calexico collaboration, so I was delighted to listen to Sam Beam's guest contribution on the exquisitely gorgeous "House of Valparaiso". As a whole I think Calexico take a step or two toward the pop side of things, but let me stress that this is not a bad thing in the least. ALL of the classic elements of the band are here in spades - the creative instrumentation, thoughtful lyrics, and wonderful vocal arrangements. This makes for one heck of a fine album, and an extremely enjoyable one at that.
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1473cf0) out of 5 stars Frankenstein folk Sept. 13 2008
By threestarsmash - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The heart of Calexico, Arizonians Joey Burns and John Convertino, have always played music which is difficult to nail down into one category or another. Like the border town from which their name originates, Calexico's music is a mish-mash blend of California and Mexico, Western and spaghetti western, good and evil, grounded and uprooted.

Some might get the idea that the "Mexican" influence means Calexico's music sounds like a failed Taco Bell ad campaign, colorful tacos and sombreros mandatory. They'd be dead wrong. It's more like the self-assured, world-wise output of Chile's storied and excellent Inti-Illimani---based upon certain elements, but ever steering the ship into uncharted waters---or the alternative soundtrack to Tarantino's awful Kill Bill movies (no offense to Morricone intended).

Perhaps the defining Calexican moment was singing and dancing along with their "Sunken Waltz" (from 2003's near-flawless Feast of Wire), a modern folk-pop fairytale about a maverick who builds a machine to sink California into the Pacific Ocean. Carried to Dust's opening cut, "Victor Jara's Hands," crackles with the same experimental folk energy. Expert Latin horns and drumwork infuse it with an elusive mystique uncommon to folk Americana. Elsewhere, slower cuts like "Falling From Sleeves" or the closing "Contention City" deliver more pastoral vibes.

The album is a "return to non-form" of sorts, as Feast of Wire was the biggest step outside of a comfort zone evident on other Calexico records, with tracks like the introductory subsonic rumbling of "Pepita," or the truly unique "Quattro (World Drifts In)." Nothing on Carried to Dust quite matches up to these moments in terms of strangeness, but it is certainly a more varied and gratifying effort than the lackluster Garden Ruin (2006).

Fans of this intoxicating blend of playing Frankenstein with American folk rock may also enjoy the oddity of Slim Cessna's Auto Club or Munly & The Lee Lewis Harlots, purveyors of a rollicking new "Denver sound"---a heady mixture of spooky Americana and psychopunk/rockabilly.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2f6b690) out of 5 stars Best Band in America Sept. 12 2008
By William P. Spicer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Easily in the top 10 of '08. Burns and Convertino are at the top of their collective game with this batch of tunes. As another reviewer stated- seeing this band perform live is quite the musical treat. Next to the word "eclectic" in the dictionary stands a picture of the band Calexico. You spaghetti western? You got it. You want southern rock? Sure. You want pop? No problem.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0e092d0) out of 5 stars Excellent introduction for late-comers like myself Feb. 22 2009
By Paul Allaer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Let me state upfront that I am a late-comer to the Calexico fanfest. This is the 8th album in the band's rich history since 1997 but it's the first album I've discovered after hearing/reading so much critical acclaim on this that I just had to seek this out, and you can rest assured it won't be the last album I'll be listening to from these guys.

"Carried To Dust" (15 tracks; 45 min.) brings a mesmerizing mix of indie-folk-electric-country-Latin sounds, and even these descriptions don't do full justice to the band. The album consists of a slew of short (in the 3-4 min. range) songs (with 2 short instrumentals) that make their point, and then the band moves on. It all results in a dreamy state of affairs that I just can't put down. There are of course no 'hits' on here, but plenty of highlights: the opener "Victor Jara's Hands" sets the table; "Man Made Lake" ends in a searing electric guitar solo; "Inspiracion" is a Spanish-song little ditty with great Mexican horns; "House of Valparaiso" features Iron & Wine's Sam Beam on vocals; and so on. There are really no weak tracks on here, period.

In all this is a great album that deserves all the critical acclaim it has gotten. I can only hope to see these guys live at some point, what a show that I suspect it would be. Hopefully they'll be either at Coachella or Bonnaroo, both of which I'll be attending this year. Meanwhile, "Carried To Dust" is highly recommended!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0f85534) out of 5 stars Nothing Trite, Nothing But the Best Sept. 12 2008
By Ginna in Cville - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
In their 6th CD Calexico does not disappoint. Joey Burns gets better and better, Jacob Valanzuila is an incredible talent, the band's performance as a whole is flawless. And they bring in the very best guest performers. This CS is second only to seeing them in live performance, an experience which is a must for any music lover. Great depth in this music.