Alt Country NL, Dutch magazine/website (translated)

Esquela
| June 9, 2016
From upstate New York comes Esquela a band of producer Eric 'Roscoe' Ambel...
From upstate New York comes Esquela a band of producer Eric “Roscoe” Ambel. Canis Majoris offers roots rock of the street. It conjures up the formation of out back and several decades of street. It Didn’t Take is doo-wopp and rock and roll with mincing guitar and saxophone which takes you back to the fifties or sixties. It is answered by the steel guitar underlined wailing of John ‘Chico’ Sorry Finn on a skewered singer Becca Frame. Highlight of the album’s Pine Tar, a brilliant retrospective of a legendary baseball game between Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees on July 24 1983. A baritone guitar makes for a long intro to Gold Digger with Doobie Brothers-like guitar licks to higher gear. Need Not Apply adds a unique Irish element. We hear a piece of cake and banjo and fiddle. Animals is a nonsense song about a bluegrass menagerie. Esquela concludes with a very fine cover of Blue Canoe from Blue Mountain where Frame sings like she wears unwashed jeans.