Forgiven

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
San Angelo, TX's Los Lonely Boys follow up their excellent 2006 sophomore effort, Sacred, with Forgiven. Though they seem like they've been around forever, the Garza brothers -- Henry, Jojo, and Ringo -- have only been recording since 2003. Produced by Steve Jordan, Forgiven doesn't sound a whole lot different than its predecessors, but that's not a bad thing. It contains the same combination of rock, blues, and soul coming together in a seamless blend of originals, offering proof that theirs is a signature sound. In fact, the more Los Lonely Boys record and tour, the deeper they cut the mark in terms of an individual sonic template. The album roars out of the gate with the ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
San Angelo, TX's Los Lonely Boys follow up their excellent 2006 sophomore effort, Sacred, with Forgiven. Though they seem like they've been around forever, the Garza brothers -- Henry, Jojo, and Ringo -- have only been recording since 2003. Produced by Steve Jordan, Forgiven doesn't sound a whole lot different than its predecessors, but that's not a bad thing. It contains the same combination of rock, blues, and soul coming together in a seamless blend of originals, offering proof that theirs is a signature sound. In fact, the more Los Lonely Boys record and tour, the deeper they cut the mark in terms of an individual sonic template. The album roars out of the gate with the Latin cum blues-rock of "Heart Won't Tell a Lie," a solid showcase for guitarist Henry Garza. In fact, it's safe to say that, after listening to this a few times, it becomes clear that Garza has forged a style of his own out his love for both Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix. There is a more swinging, choppy element here in his rhythmic attack, both in his chord voicings and single-string soloing. They are fluid, electrifying, and deeply soulful. This is such an obvious opener that it should become a second single. In any case, Henry is one of the most underrated guitar players around -- his diversity is a strength, he integrates his approach, and he never waters down one thing in favor of another. On the title track, a silvery midtempo Latin-styled rock ballad, his distortion on the beautifully melodic tune contrasts with Jojo's clean bassline and Wurlitzer and the shimmering cymbal work by Ringo. Then there's the single, "Staying with Me." It feels cut from the same cloth that "Just Like Heaven" was, but what becomes apparent after just one listen is that these cats are creating their own brand of Texas bluesy soul, with gorgeous vocal harmonies; an instantly recognizable melody; the languid, relaxed pace of the groove that drips "emotion" in the vocals think of a Latin version of the Rascals; and the good-time pulse of the rhythm section with killer hand percussion as well as the drum kit. There is the acoustic norteƱo flavor in "Loving You Always," with Henry playing a nylon-string guitar, and those elaborate harmony vocals that come together as effortlessly as a backyard sing. There is a stellar cover of the Spencer Davis Group's "I'm a Man" that rivals the original's adrenaline-infused crackle and grit. The wah-wah work on Henry's guitar, the wailing hand percussion by Jordan, and the whomp of JoJo's Wurlitzer carry it into the red. Dr. John makes a guest appearance on the Hammond B-3 in "You Can't See the Light," one of the Garza brothers' finer songwriting moments with just enough of a jazzy background to undercut the Texas rock and Latin soul. All in all, Forgiven proves that Los Lonely Boys are around for the long haul, making records that separate their sound from their influences, and further establishes their identity as one of America's premier roots bands.
People Magazine
[The band] still know their way to pop paradise....The brothers Garza smoothly integrate pop, rock, blues, country and Tex-Mex sounds into a breezy blend perfect for summer chilling.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/1/2008
  • Label: Epic
  • UPC: 886971742824
  • Catalog Number: 717428
  • Sales rank: 46,085

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Heart Won't Tell a Lie (3:49)
  2. 2 Forgiven (3:33)
  3. 3 Staying with Me (4:01)
  4. 4 Loving You Always (2:45)
  5. 5 I'm a Man (4:04)
  6. 6 Make It Better (3:26)
  7. 7 Love Don't Care About Me (3:30)
  8. 8 Cruel (3:44)
  9. 9 You Can't See the Light (3:33)
  10. 10 Superman (3:06)
  11. 11 Another Broken Heart (3:04)
  12. 12 The Way I Feel (2:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Los Lonely Boys Primary Artist
Dr. John Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
Henry Garza Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Steven "Steven J." Jordan Percussion
JoJo Garza Bass Guitar, Vocals, Wurlitzer, Group Member
Ringo Garza Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Steve Winwood Composer
Ish Guitar Techician
Niko Bolas Engineer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Josh Cheuse Art Direction
Oscar Martinez Cover Illustration
Henry Garza Composer
Brian Montgomery Engineer
Steven "Steven J." Jordan Producer
Los Lonely Boys Producer
JoJo Garza Composer
Ringo Garza Composer
Scott Rodziczak Drum Technician
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Rock 'n Roll Band of the Decade

    I LOVE this band. I have every single album including the live productions. If you like SRV and Santana, you will LOVE these guys. They do have they're own fresh sound, 'tho. They are the only contemporary band producing REAL ROCK AND ROLL! GOTTA LOVE THAT TEXAS TRIO!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Los Talented Boys

    Solid playing, cool lyrics, what a great sound these guys have. Well made album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Forgiven, Great CD

    Every song is a good one. The first seven songs are amazing. The last song, Guero In The Bario, is fast becoming a favorite of concert goers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Highly Recommend!

    This third release by Los Lonely Boys is outstanding. It has a great live feel to it and a central theme running through all the songs- &quot Love and Forgiveness&quot . I highly recommend it. Favorite tracks- &quot Heart Won't Tell A Lie, Staying with Me, Always, and Superman. Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This album is great!

    The Garzas haved lived up to their promise of an album we won't be disappointed in, though I cannot as of yet think of any Garza disappointments musically. They have always had an uninhibited grace about them when it comes to performing and composing their music and &quot Forgiven&quot is a very fine example of it. In an industry of stale, same old-same old electronically produced music, the Garzas are once again a breath of fresh air for me. The boys have taken the helm once again and re-introduced themselves at the top. By stepping backwards and going back to the core of themselves, the Garzas have taken a giant leap forward. The new album is a canvas of blue and gold tones with the balmy breezes of &quot Loving You Always&quot and decadent plea of &quot Forgiven&quot . The album is more than a promise. It's a deliverance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    INCREDIBLE

    this album is incredible i really appreciate music that the whole family can listen to. anyone who gets the cd YOU WILL NOT BE DISSAPOINTED!!!!!!!!!!!!

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