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Tucson: A Country Rock Opera

Giant Giant Sand

Tucson: A Country Rock Opera

Latest from the alt country veterans led by Howe Gelb is a self-proclaimed country rock opera

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  1. 8.0 |   All Music

    An absorbing and engaging album that shows Howe Gelb's vision to its best advantage
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  2. 8.0 |   Uncut

    A very special record. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   Blurt

    With 19 songs, it's maybe a touch too long, but almost every song is vivid in its poetry and instrumental coloration
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  4. 7.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    The surrealist elements probably ensure Howe Gelb’s opera will never make the West End or Broadway, but show its author following his heart again, searching for some existential truth in the Arizona desert
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  5. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    It’s combined a pleasing unpredictability with steadiness that supports Gelb’s operatic vision
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  6. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Has more energy and focus than any Gelb LP since 200's Chore of Enchantment. Print edition only

  7. 6.0 |   The Independent

    Sometimes, bigger is not better: Giant Sand's Howe Gelb has often been most potent with minimal resources, which may explain why I'm slightly underwhelmed by this major project
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  8. 5.9 |   Paste Magazine

    Good as background noise, with a few tracks strong enough to stand alone. As a complete story, though, it doesn’t exactly deliver
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  9. 5.0 |   DIY

    Gelb is a fine songwriter, storyteller and collaborator but at times, 'Tucson' feels life an afterthought, lacking in the kinetic intensity and corrosive experimentalism of earlier releases
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