Title - 'Rockpango' (Playing In Traffic)
Artist - Los Lonely Boys
The Chicano rock power trio from San Angelo, Texas, Los Lonely Boys are back! After proving themselves one of the most stunning and wonderful musical success stories of the last decade, the band have lovingly seerved up their fourth studio album, the flavorfully-titled, Rockpango.
Rockpango is their first self-produced LP on their own LonelyTone/Playing In Traffic Records, and it should come as no real surprise that they haven't strayed too far from their uber successful musical path.
Indeed, it's been 3 long years since Los Lonely Boys - the Garza brothers, Henry, JoJo and Ringo - have released an album of original material, but it's proven to be well worth the wait, trust me!
The play on words 'American Idle' kicks things off in fine guitar style, with the beautiful sway of 'Fly Away' and the heartier funk of 'Love In My Veins' following close behind. A song that sounds like Jeff Healey came alive and wanted to head the band for a song! The beautiful 'Road To Nowhere' is next, with '16 Monkeys' following. A delightfully funky slice of infectious neo-bohemian wit and rapped wordplay, it simply doesn't even sound like LLB! But, don't forget to check out the undeniably fun animated video for the song online as it is, well, simply hilarious!
Next up is 'Rockpango,' which is a spirit/ sound coined by Los Lonely Boys that takes the next step from fandango (a beat of loving celebration) and then huapango (another infectious Latin rhythm that gets the fiesta cooking) to a full-scale Tex-Mex American roots rock party galore! I couldn't make it up if I tried! Following it is the subdued, and yet truly stunning ballad 'Smile,' before the funky 'Baby Girl.'
The heartfelt storytelling of 'Change The World' is next, with the trippy turntable-scratch of 'Porn Star' thereafter. The fierceness of belief that love is the answer on 'Believe' brings this terrific album to a close in fine style.