Rockpango

The Texacan lite rock of Los Lonely Boys' 2004 hit "Heaven" seemed built to last. But then hard times followed: Drummer Ringo Garza and his bassist brother, JoJo, ran into trouble with the law; and two follow-up albums performed poorly. How far is heaven? Pretty far. Their latest is a rudderless band's reach for roots and realism -“ fluid Corona-hoisting blues grind, somber paeans to community in recession-plagued America, tributes to Carlos Santana and Jimi Hendrix. It's good-natured happy-hour wallpaper. Too bad they didn't have good sense enough to leave out the odious frat joke "Porn Star," Los Lobos by way of Limp Bizkit. For these guys, self-sabotage comes naturally.

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From The Archives Issue 1129: April 28, 2011
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