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New Mexican Revolution, The / Black Mesa Songs
Album:Black Mesa Songs Collection:General
Artist:New Mexican Revolution, The Added:Mar 2011

A-File Activity
Add Date:2012-02-12 Pull Date:2012-04-15 
Week Ending:Mar 18Mar 4Feb 26Feb 19

 Recent Airplay
1.Mar 11, 2012:Synthesis
Disaster Won't Come
4.Feb 26, 2012:Synthesis
The Ballad Of Jim Jeffries
2.Mar 01, 2012:Nathin' To Do
Crooked Trees
5.Feb 19, 2012:No Voices Aloud
Rainy Streets In Dirty Cities
3.Feb 29, 2012:Modern Donkey - Beats
Oh, The Rain
6.Feb 16, 2012:Nathin' To Do
Two Days, Rainy Streets In Dirty Cities

Album Review
Reviewed 2012-01-24 
Lead singer has a deep, gritty, unique country voice. Awesome use of horns and accordion. The New Mexican Revolution is hard to classify, but it’s like folk-country-meets-New-Orleans-funeral-dirge. This is campfire/road-trip music, but with some really unique moments due to the instrumentation and diversity of influences. RIYL: Counting Crows, Black Keys, Neutral Milk Hotel. FCCs: 3. (“shit” at 0:33.) Recommended tracks: 4 (AWESOME instrumental), 5, 9 (for something somber), 13 (my favorite).

1. 1:34: soft country song about home with pretty melody and simple guitars. Nice guitar solo from 1:02 to the end of the song.
2. 3:48: Accordion intro ala Neutral Milk Hotel’s The Fool. Then becomes an uptempto jive. Rough, occasionally unpleasant singing, with a downtempo segment in the middle.
3. 3:27: FCC (“shit”) 0:33. First 7 seconds include in-studio random talking. Moody, cool, with a good narrative and some sing-talking.
4*. 1:03: Purely instrumental, and mostly just an accordion (with a little percussion thrown in). Again, sounds like The Fool.
5*. 3:39: Uptempo. The guitars drive this song, but singer’s voice really shines. Several nice instrumental accordion/horn interludes.
6. 4:06: 30-second instrumental intro sounds like Mexican music (of which I am far from an expert). Closing interlays female harmonies (dum bum bum bum dum) with deep male voice quite nicely.
7. 3:33: Really chill midtempo song with pretty guitar plucking. Singer’s voice is scratchy and (purposefully) weary on this track.
8. 1:38: Slow, sad accordion joined by hopeful guitars and, eventually, some drums. Purely instrumental.
9*. 2:45: Melancholy, clear guitar – with an unexpected electric guitar solo in the middle! Voice is deep, gravelly, cracking – think an elderly Johnny Cash. Excellent if you’re in the mood for something dark.
10. 3:16: Interesting tempo changes – builds and then abruptly slows down, then picks up again, and repeats that pattern. Female vocal harmonies join the main male voice in a few places.
11. 3:53: Downtempo. Singer’s deep voice is clean and gorgeous on this track. Some twangy country guitars get a chance to shine. Song has a long fade out and could be stopped at 3:47.
12. 2:23: I’m not really sure why he’s singing about geometric shapes and what will intersect with what…. Whistling and a harmonica(!) in this one.
13***. 4:04: Features tambourine + accordion. The chorus is emotionally evocative and also pretty catchy. Their best track.
14. 1:53: Purely instrumental, except for some soft unintelligible speaking. Not as good as the other instrumental tracks – veers toward the cacophonous.
15. 3:09: That cracking voice again – so sad! About how he misses his ex. Downtempo.

Track Listing
1.Two Days 8.Seven Letter Word For Disappointment
2.Low Hanging Fruit 9.Disaster Won't Come
3.Swingshift Stevedore 10.Oh, The Rain
4.Rainy Streets In Dirty Cities 11.Hunger For Thirst
5.Small Matter Of Degrees 12.Lines And Waves
6.Los Santeros 13.The Ballad Of Jim Jeffries
7.Crooked Trees 14.Mesilla
 15.Saddest Songs