Although last year's Bourbonitis Blues is a studio recording, it offers a fine, if brief, approximation of Escovedo's live act. He restructures the 1996 song "Guilty" into something that would fit perfectly on Exile On Main Street, turns in some sterling covers (among them a gut-wrenching take of Ian Hunter's "Irene Wilde" and a smoldering "Sex Beat," the Gun Club chestnut from its Fire of Love album). Better, though, is "I Was Drunk," a song of bottomless turmoil and torment set to a swaying waltz tempo and some astonishing playing by cellist Brian Standefer and guitarist Hines. It's a loser's anthem of self-pity and betrayal, self-abuse, and memories too bitter to shake. Yet there is beauty within Escovedo's misery, something almost grievously angelic. Which is to say, it is the quintessence of Alejandro Escovedo's remarkable artistry.