Calexico - Edge Of The Sun {Deluxe Edition} (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Calexico - Edge Of The Sun {Deluxe Edition} (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Calexico - Edge Of The Sun (2015) [Deluxe Edition]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 58:08 minutes | 1,3 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Calexico's follow-up to 2012 s acclaimed Algiers, Edge of the Sun began with a songwriting retreat to the historic Mexico City borough of Coyoacán. Working for the first time with Mexican collaborators, Calexico expanded their horizons as the guest list grew to include musicians from a myriad of backgrounds, origins, and genres, including Sam Beam from Iron and Wine, Ben Bridwell from Band of Horses, Nick Urata from Devotchka, Carla Morrison, Gaby Moreno, Amparo Sanchez, multi-instrumentalists from the Greek band Takim, as well as Neko Case.

Calexico have had a chiaroscuro career: after each of the band's more somber efforts, they tend to return with something lighthearted. Such is the case with Edge of the Sun: arriving after Algiers' journey into New Orleans noir, it feels like a working holiday – probably because it was close to one, with Joey Burns, John Convertino, and company spending ten days in Coyoacán, a Mexico City borough, for inspiration (later on, they recorded in Los Angeles and Athens, among other locales). Despite its Mexican beginnings, Edge of the Sun often tips toward Calexico's affable Americana, with particular success on "Falling from the Sky"'s tumbleweed pop and on the gently insistent "Tapping on the Line," which is elevated by Neko Case's clarion vocals. On these tracks, Edge of the Sun recalls Garden Ruin and Feast of Wire, although the latter album negotiated its sonic and emotional twists with more drama. It's almost as though these songs are so sunwashed that they just can't be truly dark, even when the band tries its hardest. "Beneath the City of Dreams," a tale full of dealers and getaway cars, might have had more heft if it had appeared on Algiers or Carried to Dust, although Gaby Moreno's cameos almost get it there; similarly, the "days of sorrow" referred to on "Moon Never Rises" feel distant, not recent. On the other hand, the gentle melancholy of "Follow the River" and the squinty-eyed, implosive "Bullets & Rocks" feel genuine. As always, Edge of the Sun is beautifully crafted, from the gorgeous arrangements and chord changes on "Coyoacán" and "Woodshed Waltz" to "Miles from the Sea"'s poignant lyrics, which fall somewhere between a short story and a lullaby. Still, it's hard to shake the feeling that this album is a little perfunctory compared to what came before it, and at times, it's predictable: "When the Angels Played" is the kind of dusty, strummy song that sounds like it should have a harmonica solo – and sure enough, it does. It's notable that Edge of the Sun's brightest highlight is "Cumbia de Donde," a celebration of the footloose life. As pleasant as the album is, this time it feels like Calexico are just passing through.

Tracklist:

01 - Falling from the Sky
02 - Bullets & Rocks
03 - When the Angels Played
04 - Tapping on the Line
05 - Cumbia de Donde
06 - Miles from the Sea
07 - Coyoacán
08 - Beneath the City of Dreams
09 - Woodshed Waltz
10 - Moon Never Rises
11 - World Undone
12 - Follow the River
13 - Calavera [Bonus Track]
14 - Roll Tango [Bonus Track]
15 - Rosco y Pancetta [Bonus Track]
16 - Volviendo [Bonus Track]
17 - Esperanza [Bonus Track]
18 - Let It Slip Away [Bonus Track]

Analyzed: Calexico / Edge of the Sun (Deluxe Edition)
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR7 -0.25 dB -8.53 dB 3:23 01-Falling from the Sky
DR7 -0.25 dB -9.52 dB 3:30 02-Bullets & Rocks
DR7 -0.25 dB -8.54 dB 2:25 03-When the Angels Played
DR8 -0.25 dB -9.53 dB 3:28 04-Tapping on the Line
DR6 -0.25 dB -7.87 dB 3:09 05-Cumbia de Donde
DR7 -0.25 dB -10.17 dB 3:42 06-Miles from the Sea
DR8 -0.25 dB -10.13 dB 3:03 07-Coyoacán
DR7 -0.25 dB -8.92 dB 2:35 08-Beneath the City of Dreams
DR7 -0.25 dB -8.62 dB 3:29 09-Woodshed Waltz
DR8 -0.25 dB -10.15 dB 3:29 10-Moon Never Rises
DR8 -0.25 dB -11.87 dB 4:29 11-World Undone
DR7 -0.25 dB -9.86 dB 3:55 12-Follow the River
DR7 -0.20 dB -8.67 dB 3:18 13-Calavera
DR7 -0.20 dB -9.20 dB 3:19 14-Roll Tango
DR7 -0.20 dB -8.12 dB 1:42 15-Rosco y Pancetta
DR9 -0.20 dB -11.50 dB 2:36 16-Volviendo
DR8 -0.20 dB -9.96 dB 3:21 17-Esperanza
DR10 -0.20 dB -11.53 dB 3:12 18-Let It Slip Away
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Number of tracks: 18
Official DR value: DR8

Samplerate: 96000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 2915 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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