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Blue Blvd
Dave Alvin
Blue Blvd
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop, Rock
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All Artists: Dave Alvin
Title: Blue Blvd
Members Wishing: 5
Total Copies: 0
Label: Hightone Records
Original Release Date: 8/19/1991
Re-Release Date: 8/20/1991
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Americana, Singer-Songwriters, Roots Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 012928802925, 3347120027225

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An All Out Winner
Kurt Harding | Boerne TX | 12/29/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As a connoisseur of music, I am amazed that the talent of Dave Alvin has escaped my notice for all these years. Admittedly, I don't listen to much radio but I am always exploring new musical terrain. When my friend Felice Kay recommended a couple Dave Alvin CDs I might like, Blue Blvd. was one of those. What an album it is! I get a kick out of Alvin's cynical and jaded view of love on such tunes as Gospel Night, Plastic Rose, Brand New Heart and Wanda and Duane. He really rocks on Guilty Man and Rich Man's Town and his country sensibilities shine through on Plastic Rose. He is at once funny AND he is biting. The whole CD is excellent but the piece de resistance is the blood-chilling Andersonville, a Civil War tale that evokes the best work of Ray Wylie Hubbard. I could listen to that time and again. I recommend this CD to anyone who enjoys intelligent lyrics backed by musical genius. You won't be disappointed in this all out winner. It will remain high in my CD rotation for years to come."
American Music, American Stories
James Carragher | New York | 07/13/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"There are few surprises in Dave Alvin's music, either solo or as Blaster master. It's hard-working, tuneful roots rock, with instruments seldom more complicated than guitars -- electric, acoustic, and steel--, bass, and drums, a little keyboard here and there, the occasional bluesy riff. But more consistently than almost anyone else I know Alvin delivers diamond-sharp story slices of American life, people and places. If there is nothing here that ties those themes together as perfectly as Fourth of July, Blue Blvd has its full share of wonderful tales, including the sad end of Bill Haley (Haley's Comet), a tribute to Del Shannon and his terminal loneliness (title cut), a couple reconnecting to the Five Blind Boys of Alabama (Gospel Night), a couple disconnecting in an apartment hard by a California freeway (Wanda and Duane), a couple with misgivings over the abortion they are about to schedule (Plastic Rose), and the tenacity of optimism, illusion and memory against bleak Southern California reality (Dry River). On the CD, only Andersonville, about a Union soldier starving in the notorious Confederate POW camp, but still -- apparently -- strong enough to sing, misses the mark. Even so, 10 cuts out of 11 is a solid A by any standard. Get this."
The King Of American Music
Dylan Sexton | Los Alamos, New Mexico | 03/02/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Blue Boulevard is about as close to the spirit of Tom Joad as most of us are ever going to get. In other words, Dave Alvin captures all of the essential elements that go into making up the authentic American character. Listening to tracks like "Haley's Comet" or "Dry River" is akin to reading a great American novel. Bottom line: buy it."