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Los Lobos - A band you can trust,
This review is from: Tin Can Trust (Audio CD)
It is both entirely appropriate and oddly wonderful that a band which has been together for 26 years should place at the the heart of their new album a brilliant cover of "West LA Fadeaway" by those other Californian "long stayers" namely the Grateful Dead. It is a 7 minute plus funky version of the song somewhat reminiscent of Little Feat and punctuated by blistering guitar solos from the bands stellar guitarist David Hidalgo whose imprint defines this album. This grove is maintained throughout this excellent album and is a tribute to this band from East LA whose playing is as tight as a shark with lock jaw. "Tin can trust" is an album packed with sincerity and remarkable musicianship.
Along with David Hidalgo all the band regulars make full contributions with Cesar Rosas (guitar, vocals), Louie Perez (guitar, drums, vocals), Conrad Lozano (bass, vocals) e and the relatively new boy Steve Berlin (sax, keyboards) demonstrating all the accumulated musical wisdom of a band which has been together since 1973. Opener "Burn it down" is an excellent starter and rolls along nicely until Hidalgo once again turns on the dirty guitar pyrotechnics. Throughout the backing vocals by the American blues singer Susan Tedeschi are beautifully restrained. "Jupiter or the moon" shows the bands strength in depth in terms of songwriting with a slow burning classic that has some echoes of Traffic, seek it out its a great song. "Yo canto" is one of those effortless Mexican songs that the band produces that conjure up images of hot LA nights and too much tequila. "All my bridges burning" is a slow blues pot boiler with a brilliant emotive vocal from Perez. Finally the closer "27 Spainishes" is a massive highlight starting with a graduated but funky guitar coda it chronicles the Spanish conquest of Aztlán and coveys enough cimematic images to be turned into a motion picture.
Andy Gill in the Independent recently described Los Lobos as America's "most reliable supercharged bar-band". It is a nice compliment but one which does not fully convey the sense of adventure and virtuosity at the core of this new album, for while "Tin can Trust" might be the bands 14th album it is clearly one of their greatest.
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Initial post: 17 May 2012 12:14:11 BDT
Kevin Stapleton says:
Thanks for your useful review unlike that from "Captain Kirk" which is spiteful and inaccurate. Fair enough if he doesn't like the album but there's nothing up with the sound quality at all.
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