Entertainment Weekly - 10/29/93, p.75
"...[MUSEUM OF THE HEART is] mesmerizing and haunting..." - Rating: A
Personnel: Dave Alvin (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars); Greg Leisz (acoustic & electric guitars, National steel guitar, lap steel, mandolin); John Logan (harmonica); Michael Rose (tenor & baritone saxophones); Lee Allen (tenor saxophone); Leon Haywood (Hammond B-3 organ); Rick Solem (keyboards, background vocals); Don Falzone (bass guitar); Bobby Lloyd Hicks (drums, background vocals); Donald Lindley (drums); Stephen Arvizu, Taylor Hodges (congas, percussion, vibes); John Doe, Syd Straw, Katy Moffatt, Fontaine Brown (background vocals).
Producers: Chris Silagyi, Bruce Bromberg, Dave Alvin.
Engineers: Charlie Brocco, Billy Dashiell.
Recorded at The Village Recorder and Sunnyside Studio, Los Angeles, California.
Composers: Chris Gaffney; D. Amy; Dave Alvin; Doug MacLeod; Fontaine Brown; Tom Russell; Duke McVinnie; Charles Bukowski.
Personnel: Dave Alvin (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Greg Leisz (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, steel guitar, mandolin); John "Juke" Logan, Johnny Logan (harmonica); Michael "Bami" Rose (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Lee Allen (tenor saxophone); Rick Solem (keyboards, background vocals); Stephen Hodges (vibraphone, congas, percussion); Don Falzone (bass guitar); Bobby Lloyd Hicks (drums, background vocals); Donald Lindley (drums); Fontaine Brown, John Doe , Katy Moffatt, Syd Straw (background vocals).
Recording information: Leon Haywood's Sunnyside Studio; Los Angeles, CA; Village Recorders, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Beth Herzhaft.
Dave Alvin's third album documents his continued growth as a gifted songwriter (the evidence of which can be heard in his first band, The Blasters) and the development of his skill as a vocalist of increasing breadth and nuance. His tales of working class struggles are always rich with dignity, and grace pervades even the most downtrodden circumstances. The gritty reality of Alvin's songs is given perfect shape by his sympathetic accompaniment. He covers a musical terrain similar to Bruce Springsteen's, but favors subtle characterizations over anthemic gestures. This album, along with its two successors (KING OF CALIFORNIA and INTERSTATE CITY), are perfect entry points into this man's impressive catalog. Dave Alvin is truly an American treasure.