Kiko

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Los Lobos had earned a reputation as one of the most intelligent and creative roots rock acts in America with the albums By the Light of the Moon and The Neighborhood, but it was with 1992's Kiko that they really demonstrated the breadth of their sonic ambitions. Produced in collaboration with Mitchell Froom, Kiko exchanged the more straightforward approach of Los Lobos' previous sessions for a uniquely textured sound, with the group's guitars thrown into sharp relief against Froom's collection of vintage tape-loop keyboards, and the arrangements are often unusually spare, most powerfully in the ghostly spaciousness of "Kiko and the Lavender Moon" and "Wake Up Delores." ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Los Lobos had earned a reputation as one of the most intelligent and creative roots rock acts in America with the albums By the Light of the Moon and The Neighborhood, but it was with 1992's Kiko that they really demonstrated the breadth of their sonic ambitions. Produced in collaboration with Mitchell Froom, Kiko exchanged the more straightforward approach of Los Lobos' previous sessions for a uniquely textured sound, with the group's guitars thrown into sharp relief against Froom's collection of vintage tape-loop keyboards, and the arrangements are often unusually spare, most powerfully in the ghostly spaciousness of "Kiko and the Lavender Moon" and "Wake Up Delores." Even the more full-bodied cuts, such as the rollicking "That Train Don't Stop Here" and the hard-rocking "Whiskey Trail," boast a different personality than in Los Lobos' previous work, with the guitars clean but cutting like a switchblade and the drums snapping hard, and the more contemplative selections drip with a mysterious, otherworldly ambience that's matched by the impressionistic imagery of David Hidalgo and Louie Pérez's superb songs. At its best, Kiko sounds like the musical equivalent of a Luis Buñuel dream sequence, balancing beauty and menace with intelligence and a skill that's little short of dazzling; it's a brilliant, singular achievement, and the most rewarding album in the group's catalog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/26/1992
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 075992678629
  • Catalog Number: 26786
  • Sales rank: 43,127

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Los Lobos Primary Artist
Alex Acuña Percussion
Steve Berlin Organ, Synthesizer, Flute, Harmonica, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Melodica
Victor Bisetti Percussion, Drums
Mitchell Froom Keyboards
Fermin Herrera Harp, Veracruz
David Hidalgo Banjo, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Violin, Accordion, Vocals
La Chilapena Brass Band Horn
Conrad Lozano Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals
Cesar Rosas Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Pete Thomas Drums
Gary Mallaber Drums
Louie Pérez Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Technical Credits
Tchad Blake Engineer
Mitchell Froom Producer
Los Lobos Producer
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