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Album Review

The obvious point of comparison for this tasty combination of R&B, Tex-Mex, conjunto, and rockabilly is Los Lobos. However, the New Orleans-based Iguanas draws on Louisiana swamp pop to establish their own identity. The music doesn't sound as wild and intense as you might hope, and the vocals could be more forceful and distinctive, but Nuevo Boogaloo does sound looser and more spontaneous than their debut album. From the sprightly "Oye Isabel" to the rockin' "My Girlfriend Is a Waitress" to the soulful "Hey, Sweet Darling," this is a very appealing recording.


Formed: 1989

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

New Orleans, Louisiana's Iguanas reflected the diversity of musical styles found in their home state by fusing blues, classic R&B, zydeco, Cajun, Tex-Mex, and roots rock & roll. The group formed in 1989 around vocalist and guitarist Rod Hodges, who began playing guitar in San Francisco Bay Area blues and rock bands at age 14. While playing with a blues band in Colorado, he rediscovered the conjunto music that was a part of his mother's Mexican heritage, and inspired by master accordionist Flaco Jiménez,...
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