Any record subtitled a 'country rock opera' is doubtless going to achieve two things; firstly, it's a statement with intentions of grandeur while secondly, many listeners will also question what they're going to get. At 19 tracks, Tucson (which is also album number 26 for the band) is ambitious and may give the impression that it is self-indulgent. It is, after all, named after Howe Gelb's hometown and sees a name change for the band to Giant Giant Sand. While that may be the opinion of some of Gelb's intended audience, there are a number of redeeming features to the album.

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