Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Los Lonely Boys - Sacred (2006)

The three Garza brothers who are Los Lonely Boys are back with Sacred, their second studio album that is, in many ways, a rewrite of their self-titled debut. You could already hear the formula settling in while listening to their first CD and there is nothing on this sophomore release to convince the listener otherwise. Still, there are some excellent songs on Sacred. "My Way" (which has the same name as the Sinatra song for a good reason) is a great dance tune with a very tasty horn section added for flavor. "Oye Mamacita," "Texican Style," and "Outlaws," the last sung with guests Willie Nelson and the brother's father, are standouts. On the other hand the radio ready "Diamonds," while pleasant, never colors outside the lines.

There is one more criticism. It's time the brothers prove they paid attention in grammar class. There are enough lyrics containing phrases such as "I ain't got no," or something similar, to last a lifetime. Working with an outside lyricist may be a good idea.

There is a lot to like here, especially Henry Garza's uptempo and melodic, rock 'n roll, blues guitar work. There are times he would make fellow Texan Stevie Ray Vaughan proud. Sacred is good for now but Los Lonely Boys must strive to be a bit more eclectic and cerebral their next time out or their fans may tire of the formula quickly.

2 comments:

  1. When the music is this good, the lyrics don't matter much, nevertheless I enjoy Los Lonely Boys' lyrics immensely because their growth is evident. They must be allwed to grow at their own pace. You can't force genius. Henry Garza will set the pace for this band, so hang on!

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  2. Orale, Rita! You said it all and I agree with everything you've said here. The Boys are indeed immensely talented and I'm looking forward to everything that is to come from the 3 Garza brothers!

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