May 19, 2008
Album Review: Frank Carillo and the Bandoleros
Written by: John Shelton Ivany
I realize here at JSITop21 we compare just about everything to a few greats: Dylan, Guthrie, Springstreen, etc. I realize that we continually use these names as tokenized icons for given genres, and possible even over use the comparisons. I know this. But I can't help but think that Someday is the second coming of Bruce Springsteen. Not in the way that The Hives stole The Rolling Stones shtick, or how Bright Eyes is just a Dylan worship act.
No, Frank Carillo and the Bandoleros takes a step past Springsteen, coming fully into his own construction of a beautiful rock album. Carillo's voice and melodies are tributes to the godfather of modern rock, and uses interesting musical progressions that are not the norm these days. With a legacy such as Carillo's (work with just about every stellar rock band/producer that has ever walked the earth), it's no wonder that this album, while nowhere near as good as Born To Run, is still one of the best rock albums to come out in years.
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