Progressing with the pop makeover process Calexico began with 2005's In The Reins collabo with Iron & Wine's Sam Beam, Carried To Dust finds the Tucson twosome of Joey Burns and John Convertino getting softer and slicker rather than smarter.
In addition to further simplifying their song structures, they've ramped up the repetition of lyrics and musical motifs while singing in hushed tones on this sleep-inducing set of Southwestern lullabies. Nothing terribly new or unexpected to report, just a more direct way of expressing not so adventurous ideas. Unfortunately, sometimes less is less. Maybe they're saving the best stuff for their next tour CD. We can only hope.
Calexico ease into the Phoenix with the Bowerbirds November 18.