El Cortez 7" (Undercover, Inc.)
By: Alex Steininger
Continuing with their Troubadour series of 7"s, Undercover's release of Richmond Fontaine is number three. A Rock/bluegrass/pop act, Richmond Fontaine's front man, Willy Vlautin, considers A-side "El Cortez" to be his best song to date.
"El Cortez" is a slow, emotional number that relies on as much bluegrass as it does rock. Slip in a little pop, and mix it all with Willy Vlautin's soft, pain stricken voice and you have a very effective number that will captivate your ears and have your attention immediately. And if that wasn't enough, Willy turns the song's content into a lyrical journey that not only tears you up but paints vivid images in your head as the story progresses. His voice also helps paint some of the pictures that will float around in your head, bringing even the smallest of words to life. Backing "El Cortez" is "Hardly Seen," a bluegrass/rock instrumental.
Undercover has released a CD that is noteworthy. Dust off the ol' record player, relive all the memories of the fun you've gathered from the old thing, and then shoot some new life into with this 7". What a time you'll have.
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