Garden Ruin

~ Release group by Calexico


Garden RuinCD11
  • DE2006-03-31
City SlangSLANG10385725033197385723
Garden Ruin (Limited Edition)CD + DVD-Video13 + 10
  • DE2006-03-31
City SlangSLANG10385785033197385785
Garden Ruin12" Vinyl11
  • XE2006-04-03
City SlangSLANG10385715033197385716
Garden RuinCD11
  • CA2006-04-11
  • US2006-04-11
Quarterstick Recordsqs97cd036172009725
Garden RuinCD + Digital Media11 + 4
  • US2006-04-11
Garden RuinCD11
Spunk! (Australian), Quarterstick RecordsURA176094636076225


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Last year's successful collaboration with folk tunesmith Iron and Wine appears to have encouraged Arizona's Calexico to cast aside their familiar mariachi brass and pedal steel atmospherics in favour of a more straightforward, song-based approach on fifth album Garden Ruin.

The Morricone-influenced instrumental epics of earlier recordings have been replaced by melodic, jangly country-rock numbers such as opener "Cruel", together with a sizeable dose of electric guitar on heavier tracks like "Letter To Bowie Knife".

Only on "Roka (Danza De La Muerte)", featuring Andalucian singer Ampara Sanchez, and the Gotan Project-style modern tango of "Nom De Plume" are Calexico's Latin inflections allowed to take a front seat. Elsewhere, while their trademark violins, trumpets and shuffling percussion do flit unobtrusively in and out of the mix throughout, the band's variety of textures and moods has been significantly pared down in search of a more accessible but ultimately less interesting sound.