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For over 30 years, Los Lobos have delivered an unbroken stretch of rock-solid recordings. Some of their albums, like 1990’s The Neighborhood or 2004’s The Ride are primarily straight roots rock, a genre they mastered in the mid-80s, while others, 1992’s Kiko for instance, incorporate artier, more experimental sonic elements. The Town and the City is closer to the latter category and it’s a brilliant and adventurous piece of work. The songs are mostly focused on the experiences of immigrants in America—legal and illegal alike—trying to deal with the gaps between expectations and reality. Los Lobos know how to tell a story convincingly, and their arrangements and the atmospheric textured production give the songs an added boost. There are also other joys beyond the song continuity and the usual high level of musicianship: the wide range of guitar tones they get, their drum sounds, the way they layer so many different instruments and phrases without smothering the songs, and David Hidalgo’s clear, soulful vocals. Considering their career trajectory and devotion to their craft, it should come as no surprise that The Town and the City is one of Los Lobos’ finer recordings. Turns out they’re just hitting their prime.

Customer Reviews

Just what I needed!

When Los Lobos released Kiko, I immediately got wired to the music. Here they go again with The Town and the City. Just a great combination of Latin fused rock'n roll complete with controlled yet raw feedback on the guitar, tremendous rhythm, and singular vocal work. What's not to like. Get with this band...they will get you through all the ups and downs in love and life. This group is one of the rare multi decade innovaters of fabulous music. You will not be dissappointed!

They never let me down...

Reminds me of By the Light of the Moon. So if you dig that then you dig this.


Another kick-butt collection by the group that defines artistic integrity! This is music to dance to, cry to, make love to and to inspire. I especially like the bluesy/soulful ode to the sacred dignity of work and the people who struggle every day just to provide, found in "Hold On". These guys are incomparable in their ability to connect to their listeners. This collection is pure music without hype, gimmicks or distraction.


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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