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Giant Giant Sand: Tucson
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Tucson's Howe Geld added an extra "Giant" to his band's name to reflect the large contingent of musicians (six from Tucson and six from Denmark) that aided him on his latest album, an ambitious 19-song concept album about a life-changing road trip. Despite the potentially unwieldy band and concept, it turns out to be one of his strongest albums in quite a while, seamlessly weaving atmospheric-folk, country, spaghetti western, mariachi, Tex-Mex, cumbia, noir-ish torch-pop, psych-rock, soul/R&B and '50s rock 'n' roll into dusty, haunted songs fleshed out with acoustic and electric guitars, horns, strings, pedal steel and more. 6/8/2012 - Don Yates