The thirteen songs form a loosely based concept album about the Mexican-American experience including the travails of the ultra-controversial illegal Mexicans that are becoming more and more a part of American society. You can guess that the band is sympathetic towards their brethren but that isn't the problem here. The presentation is. The music supporting the lyrics just isn't as interesting as on almost all of their previous efforts. Most bands that adhere to the same tried and true formula over long careers tend to get stale in the process but for Los Lobos the formula works. Only "The Road To Gila Bend" fits nicely into the mold that holds their classic rocking sound. It's the album's only full bore rocker and it's easily the best song on the disc.