CD Review: Calexico "Edge of the Sun"

The mellow, Americana-meets-desert rock of Calexico hits its stride on the band’s ninth disc.
By Jon D'Auria ,

The mellow, Americana-meets-desert rock of Calexico hits its stride on the band’s ninth disc. A big part of Calexico’s panoramic landscape is the eclectic approach of new bass man Ryan Alfred. On an album that conjures a romantic drive through the Southwest, Alfred contributes impactful upright and electric lines that cover a lot of ground, like his south-of-the-border grooves on “Cumbia de Donde” and the warm marching cadence on “Bullets & Rocks.”