Alejandro Escovedo’s 2008 album “Real Animal” really solidified his legendary status for me. It’s surely not one of his first albums, as he has been around for a long time, but it’s a testament to how great of a songwriter he is, that at this point in his career he can put out an album with such emotional weight and amazing songwriting such as this one.
He’s been paling around with Bruce Springsteen as of recent years, and it’s no surprise that they have very similar styles. This tune, “Always A Friend”, has that anthemic quality to it that a Springsteen song has. It tells a story but at the same time has the “sing-a-long” quality to it that gets you excited. It doesn’t hurt that Escovedo got together some great studio musicians to pump out his vision for the album. All the guitar sounds, vocals, etc sound amazing. This album stands the test of time for sure.
“I should say that civilizations begin with religion and stoicism: they end with scepticism and unbelief, and the undisciplined pursuit of individual pleasure. A civilization is born stoic and dies epicurean.”—Will Durant (via historical-nonfiction)