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Escombros

Escombros

(Shadoks Music; US: 23 Oct 2012; UK: 19 Nov 2012)

Chilean rockers get a sweet reissue.

Shadoks Music once again unearths a previously lost bit of classic rockage, this time in the form of Chilean five-piece Escombros. Utilizing the classic two-guitar/bass/drums/vocalist lineup, the band chugs convincingly through a range of songs, as well as a couple bonus tracks provided for this release. Perhaps the biggest misstep was placing Jimi Hendrix’s “Stone Free” as the kickoff track on Escombros; it’s tough to follow it up, and some tunes come off as a little anemic in comparison (I’m looking at you, “Romeo y Julieta”).  The band recovers eventually, despite their tendency toward slower tempos and wide-throated, slightly histrionic vocals. There are satisfying songs to be had here, like the funky “Magnetism” and the bass-driven “Green-Eyed Lady”. Generally speaking, the album gets stronger as it goes along, with the more formidable songs settling into the back half. Listeners looking for a classic rock fix but who have tired of the usual suspects will enjoy the overall vibe of this album, which uses familiar components in (somewhat) new ways. Hats off to Shadoks Music, once again.

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DAVID MAINE is a novelist and essayist. His books include The Preservationist (2004), Fallen (2005), The Book of Samson (2006), Monster, 1959 (2008) and An Age of Madness (2012). He has contributed to The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Esquire.com and NPR.com, among other outlets. He is a lifelong music obsessive whose interests range from rock to folk to hip-hop to international to blues. He currently lives in western Massachusetts, where he works in human services. Catch up with his blog, The Party Never Stops, at davidmaine.blogspot.com, or become his buddy on Facebook (or Twitter or Google+ or whatever you prefer) to keep up with reviews and other developments.


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