A Man Under the Influence

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A Man Under the Influence
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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 24, 2001 (2001-04-24)
GenreRoots rock
Length50:09
LabelBloodshot Records
ProducerChris Stamey
Alejandro Escovedo chronology
Bourbonitis Blues
(1999)
A Man Under the Influence
(2001)
By the Hand of the Father
(2002)

A Man Under the Influence is the fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo, released on April 24, 2001 on Bloodshot Records. It was produced by Chris Stamey. A deluxe edition was released on November 15, 2009.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
The Austin Chronicle4/5 stars[3]
Blender3/5 stars[4]
Now4/5[5]
Pitchfork8.3/10[6]
Q3/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4.5/5 stars[9]
Slant Magazine4/5 stars[1]
Spin7/10[10]

Billboard wrote that A Man Under the Influence was "the best studio performance Escovedo has ever delivered".[11] Similarly, Joshua Klein wrote in The A.V. Club that the album "could be Escovedo's best yet",[12] and James Mann said in PopMatters that the album was "far and away his best work".[13]

Several critics also commended Stamey's production on the album: Joe Tangari wrote in Pitchfork that on the track "Velvet Guitar", his production "keeps [the five guitarists on that track] all in their respective places, avoiding a sloppy mess."[6] Additionally, Raoul Hernandez wrote in The Austin Chronicle that Stamey "deserves credit for the LP's overall cohesion of sound",[3] while Michael Barclay of Exclaim! wrote that Stamey's production "captures the mood perfectly".[14]

Conversely, Robert Christgau of The Village Voice selected "Wave" and "Castanets" as "choice cuts", indicating good songs "on an album that isn't worth your time or money."[15]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Wave"
  2. "Rosalie"
  3. "Rhapsody"
  4. "Across the River"
  5. "Castanets"
  6. "Don't Need You"
  7. "Follow You Down"
  8. "Wedding Day"
  9. "Velvet Guitar"
  10. "As I Fall"
  11. "About This Love"

Personnel[edit]

  • Ryan Adams - Guest Artist, Vocal Harmony, Vocals (Background)
  • Stephen Barber - Composer
  • Lynn Blakey - Vocal Harmony, Vocals (Background)
  • Caitlin Cary - Guest Artist, Violin, Vocals (Background)
  • Tonya Lamm - Vocal Harmony, Vocals (Background)
  • Cornbread - Bass
  • Mike Daly - Bass, Guitar (12 String Electric), Guitar (Acoustic), Mando-Guitar, Mandolin, Pedal Steel
  • Mitch Easter - Engineer, Guitar (Electric)
  • Alejandro Escovedo - Composer, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Primary Artist, Vocals
  • J.D. Foster - Composer
  • Eric Heywood - Pedal Steel, Pump Organ, Vocal Harmony
  • Joe Eddy Hines - Guitar (Electric), Slide Guitar
  • Hector Muñoz - Drums, Orchestral Percussion, Tambourine
  • Aaron Oliva - Bowed Double Bass, Double Bass
  • David Perales - Violin, Vocal Harmony
  • John Plymale - Mixing
  • Chris Robinson - Vocal Harmony, Vocals (Background)
  • Dana Lee Smith - Artwork
  • Chris Stamey - Bass, Engineer, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Baritone), Guitar (Electric), Kurzweil Synthesizer, Producer, Sleigh Bells
  • Jon Wurster - Shaker

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Keefe, Jonathan (November 15, 2009). "Alejandro Escovedo: A Man Under the Influence: Deluxe Bourbonitis Edition Review". Slant Magazine. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  2. ^ Deming, Mark. "A Man Under the Influence – Alejandro Escovedo". AllMusic. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Hernandez, Raoul (April 27, 2001). "Alejandro Escovedo: A Man Under the Influence (Bloodshot)". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  4. ^ Peisner, David. "Alejandro Escovedo: A Man Under the Influence". Blender. Archived from the original on August 11, 2004. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
  5. ^ Perlich, Tim (May 10, 2001). "A Man Under The Influence". Now. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Tangari, Joe (April 24, 2001). "Alejandro Escovedo: A Man Under the Influence". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  7. ^ "Alejandro Escovedo: A Man Under the Influence". Q (178): 108. July 2001.
  8. ^ Fricke, David (April 26, 2001). "Alejandro Escovedo: A Man Under The Influence". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on August 20, 2009. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
  9. ^ Skanse, Richard (2004). "Alejandro Escovedo". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 282–83. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  10. ^ Moon, Tom (April 2001). "Alejandro Escovedo: A Man Under the Influence". Spin. 17 (4): 162. Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  11. ^ "A Man Under the Influence". Billboard. May 19, 2001. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  12. ^ Klein, Joshua (April 19, 2002). "Alejandro Escovedo: A Man Under The Influence". The A.V. Club. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  13. ^ Mann, James (April 23, 2001). "Alejandro Escovedo: A Man Under the Influence". PopMatters. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  14. ^ Barclay, Michael (April 30, 2001). "Alejandro Escovedo: A Man Under the Influence". Exclaim!. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  15. ^ Christgau, Robert (June 10, 2003). "Consumer Guide: Eating Again". The Village Voice. Retrieved November 5, 2016.