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On their twelfth release, Los Lobos widen their circle to welcome a diverse set of guests including both influences (Mavis Staples, Willie G., Bobby Womack, Garth Hudson) and contemporaries (Dave Alvin, Elvis Costello, Rubén Blades), all of whom mesh like part of the band rather than outsiders. The powerhouse opener with Café Tacuba and Garth Hudson, “La Venganza de los Pelados,” and “Ya Se Va” with Blades are sizzling Latin numbers, the off-kilter and funky “Kitate” with Tom Waits and Martha Gonzalez of Quetzal features a Kiko-inspired soundscape, and Dave Alvin and David Hidalgo’s voices work well together on the rootsy “Somewhere In Time.” Many of the album’s highlights come from re-working songs from Los Lobos’ vast back catalog. “Matter of Time” with Costello is a tender, pedal-steel-driven ballad, the medley of “Wicked Rain” and Womack’s own classic “Across 110th Street” is a brilliant stroke, and the gospel-soul reading of “Someday” with the legendary Staples on vocals provides the album’s emotional high point.

Customer Reviews

Wicked Rain

I love this band. I love everything about them, from their everyman work ethic to the fact most of them look like some lucky little girl's grandpa - but especially I like thier consistantly astounding music. Here, the "Wicked Rain/Across 110th Street" track is not just a highlight of this album but a highlight of all music ever recorded. I really mean that. The Wolf will definitly survive because, after recording a tune like that, the Wolf is immortal.

The Wolf is Thriving

Something that I think should be noted about this album is just how well the guest artists add to the flavor. It seems in the last few years artists and bands that have been around for awhile are making albums that are just jam packed with guest artist (i.e. Santana-Supernaturel, Ray Charles-Genius loves Company...etc) that are almost degrading to the artist's legacy. This album is NOT like that. Los Lobos are as fresh as the day they first came on the seen and artists appearing with them on this album are there to enjoy and take part. Very great album. Rita, Matter of Time and Chains of Love stick out as great tunes but as all others have said Wicked Rain/Across 110th Street is an absolute knockout!

this has staying power

I bought this album two years ago and I am still enjoying it. Every time WickedRain/110th street pops up on shuffle, I am taken aback by what a fantastic track it is. I agree with the reviewer who says that the guest stars really add to the flavor - it easily could have been a case of too many divas in the mix, but these voices are all just part of a savory stew. Good job.


Formed: 1973 in East Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most acclaimed American bands of the 1980s and '90s, Los Lobos were seasoned musical veterans with nearly 15 years of experience under their belts when they scored their first hit in 1987 with a cover of Richie Valens' "La Bamba." Though their time as pop stars was short, the group -- who enjoyed calling themselves "just another band from East L.A." -- won over critics and a legion of loyal fans with their bracing mixture of rock, blues, Tex-Mex, country, R&B, and Mexican folk sounds,...
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