Collaborations are always risky in my opinion because it is sometimes (often even?) the case that the end result is less than the sum of the individual elements within. What I mean is that with 3 prodigious recording artists like Higalgo, Nanji and Dickinson on the same sessions, you would think that the result would be earth shatteringly great, however in my humble view (and sorry to be at odds with many other reviewers here) it just isn't.
There are some great guitar licks and riffs here and there, but a great lick and riff here and there doesn't make a great album. The songs are a bit juvenile and lacking in content (I mean - an opening song called "I wanna have my way with you" - rock n' roll baby!!!)
None of these three guys is a great vocalist either (in my view) - Hidalgo's voice is soft and smooth and much more suited to his own material with Los Lobos than with the weight of 3 guitars around it. Even Mato's voice here sounds a bit lost in places, whereas I am a huge Indigenous fan and think it all works in that context.
The final nail in the coffin on this for me is the album production which is way too bass heavy in places and the drumming is messy and over-invasive on a number of the tracks. Sounds like it was recorded in somebody's garage on an 8 track to me.
To compare this CD to ZZ Top does a huge disservice to ZZ Top. I mean they are both blues / rock bands with 3 guys in, but I think that's where any valid comparison should be left.
I wanted to love this, but I just don't - and after 3 listens it just isn't growing on me either. E-Bay, here we come......