Tin Can Trust
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2010 relerase from the Grammy-winning East L.A. band, their first collection of new original material in four years. Featuring powerful Rock 'n' Roll, blistering Blues, two Spanish-language tracks, and even a Grateful Dead cover, the album is classic Lobos through and through.
"5 stars. A masterful album from a great American band, at the peak of its considerable powers...Their mnusic is as good as it gets, period." --Uncut, August 1, 2010
"Los Lobos' many strengths are in abundance here." --Mojo, August 1, 2010
"...Low on ego-driven flash but high on exciting, emotionally compelling music...On Tin Can Trust, Los Lobos prove that tough times don't last, but tough music does, and those are words we can all live by." --All Music Guide, July 22,2010
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There are six great Hidalgo/Perez songs: Burn It Down, On Main Street, Tin Can Trust, Jupiter Or the Moon, The Lady and the Rose, and 27 Spanishes. The last, the album closer, is a tale of the Spanish meeting the Aztecs that ends on a light and humorous note. Jupiter Or the Moon is a moving song of lost love. while The Lady and the Rose is a beautiful spiritual song about Mary. The album opener, Burn It Down, is very strong, a great example of the deep art of Los Lobos.
Do the Murray is a rarity, an instrumental piece by David Hidalgo that is an up-tempo guitar showcase for one of the best guitarists on the planet. Yo Canto and Mujer Ingrata are this album's Spanish-language contributions, in traditional Mexican style, from Cesar Rosas. Rosas teams with Robert Hunter, the famed Grateful Dead lyricist, for All My Bridges Burning, a great song which puts Rosas in Hidalgo/Perez territory for a change. And finally, the band covers the Garcia/Hunter Grateful Dead song West L.A. Fadeaway, totally apropos for The Band From West L.A. Musically, this is much better than the original, with Hidalgo's fantastic bluesy guitar and without the cheesy triangle and woodblock of the IN THE DARK production. The only thing I miss is Garcia's vocal from the original -- Hidalgo is fine, but not as distinctive singing lines like "it's a shame those boys couldn't be more copacetic."
Now I've caught up with this excellent album. Don't miss it.
I can't imagine why. These guys are great.
I know that Tin Can Trust is a CD that I'll listen to constantly. The musicianship is seamless, the lyrics are deep, and raw emotion pulsates just beneath the surface.
My favorite songs are Burn It Down, with its catchy and insistent bass back beat, Jupiter or the Moon, a haunting and wistful love song, and 27 Spanishes, a wry and plaintive history of the new world in eight short verses. But every number takes you away.