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  • Summary: The latest release for the Texas-based singer-songwriter is a concept album about two men, one from Italy and the other from Mexico, as they seek to immigrate to the United States.
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  1. Uncut
    Sep 12, 2018
    Its expansive ambition abetted by fellow travellers including Wayne Kramer and Peter Perrett. [Oct 2018, p.27]
  2. Sep 14, 2018
    With The Crossing, Escovedo had put a new and compelling spin on the oft-told tale of the American dream as seen both from a distance and up close. In his hands, this story is both timeless and as up to date as the latest news bulletin, and it connects as great music and outstanding storytelling delivered by an artist who has a unique talent for both.
  3. Sep 12, 2018
    Whether the album is supposed to be taken as a contemporary tale or something closer to a retelling of Escovedo's personal history matters because, frankly, times have changed. This is why the album's most universal songs have the most resonance.
  4. 70
    As with the best concept sets, you don’t need to follow the story, or even know there is one, to enjoy these songs, since most stand on their own. They may not be the best or catchiest ones Escovedo has written, but this is one of the most passionate, relevant, politically charged and personal projects he has released in a career pushing 40 years.
  5. Mojo
    Sep 12, 2018
    While never the greatest singer, Escovedo's lyrics more than compensate. [Oct 2018, p.91]