Alejandro Escovedo / Boxing Mirror

Behold beauty amid the darkness. With bassist John Cale in the producer’s chair, and bass master Mark Andes in the pocket, Boxing Mirror (2006), to my ears, is Alejandro’s finest platter to date.

As Andes has done his entire storied career with Spirit, Jojo Gunne, Heart, Kelly Willis, and Firefall, to cite a very select few, the songs and the rhythms reign supreme.

Mark’s deep tone (I’m guessing a Fender P), and adept use of space brings Escovedo’s riveting libretto and tortured melodies to the forefront.