Third in a series of nearly undefinable masterpieces from Los Lobos, "This Time" is, like "Kiko" & "Colossal Head" before it, an album of a sort that we've never really heard before, but that is too good- just too confident to call experimental. With songs like the title track, "Oh Yeah", & "Corazon", the album is full of that unforgettable, frustratingly rare type of song that at times finds its beauty as much in what the artist doesn't play as in what he does. At it's best, the music of "This Time" picks up the thread first uncovered in "Life is Good", & "Kiko and the Lavender Moon"; cascading upon the listener w/ suggested grooves, while it's sparse lyrics stay with us by merely hinting, letting David's sad or Cesar's sly tone reveal the spirit of the song. It is in this way that Los Lobos has been positioned alongside the likes of Hendrix & Robert Johnson ever since Kiko. "This Time" is a fine, fine work.