Rodriguez – “Coming From Reality”
An inexplicably-forgotten singer-songwriter gem from the early 1970s. Rodriguez was once hailed as the Latin Bob Dylan, and while that’s a fair assessment of his first album, it misses the mark here: perhaps Nilsson, Jim Croce, Loudon Wainwright and Gordon Lightfoot would be more appropriate comparisons. Some cuts swagger while others are more subdued, relying on a shimmery string section for a bit of texture. But what all ten songs have in common is a melancholy undercurrent keeping them afloat.