Rockpango

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
After the all-out celebration of Keep on Giving: Acoustic Live!, Los Lonely Boys are back with their fourth studio offering and their first offering of new studio material in three years. Rockpango (a made-up Spanish word the band translates as "rock party") was produced by Henry, Ringo, and Jojo Garza, and is the first to appear on their LonelyTone imprint through Playing in Traffic. All of the material here was written by the Garzas, who add the Tosca String Quartet and keyboards where necessary to grow out their sound. The songwriting and production here are ambitious; they expand upon their rootsy brand of Texican rock & roll that defines Los Lonely Boys. Love and ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
After the all-out celebration of Keep on Giving: Acoustic Live!, Los Lonely Boys are back with their fourth studio offering and their first offering of new studio material in three years. Rockpango (a made-up Spanish word the band translates as "rock party") was produced by Henry, Ringo, and Jojo Garza, and is the first to appear on their LonelyTone imprint through Playing in Traffic. All of the material here was written by the Garzas, who add the Tosca String Quartet and keyboards where necessary to grow out their sound. The songwriting and production here are ambitious; they expand upon their rootsy brand of Texican rock & roll that defines Los Lonely Boys. Love and family are major themes on this album -- the lyrics are above and beyond anything they've done previously -- and the band is simultaneously branching out into new musical territory. The hard guitar-screaming opener "American Idle" and the acoustically based "Fly Away" showcase the sides of the band most listeners are familiar with. Both also reveal some of the trio's growth, however, with the addition of a layer of hand percussion and a funky bassline that traces R&B and norteño. "Love in My Veins" nods to Santana, but with its staccato pulse, grooving B-3, and clavinet, it's far funkier. The track "16 Monkeys," which is one of the more comical jams on the record, is a burner with its nasty clavinet fills against Henry's chunky blues guitar vamp. The title track borrows heavily from Jimi Hendrix's "Manic Depression" with its guitar and drum phrasing, but with a swelling B-3, it becomes its own animal. While "Smile" is simply a beautiful folk-rock love song, it's countered by the slippery, silvery funk of "Baby Girl" (the Red Hot Chili Peppers wish they were still capable of this). "Porn Star" is the album's only throwaway, but closer "Believe" is one of its highlights. The latter's forceful rocking drive with blazing layered guitars and a throbbing bassline are balanced by in-the-pocket breaks, and balanced by impeccable, three-part vocal harmony to sweeten it just enough. Rockpango is the most satisfying recording that Los Lonely Boys have come up with yet. It confirms the notion that the Garza brothers know exactly what they want and how to get it, with a sound that is inviting, infectious, and inventive.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/29/2011
  • Label: Playing In Traffic
  • UPC: 020286155614
  • Catalog Number: 6001
  • Sales rank: 15,531

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 American Idle (3:25)
  2. 2 Fly Away (3:35)
  3. 3 Love In My Veins (3:42)
  4. 4 Road To Nowhere (4:17)
  5. 5 16 Monkeys (3:41)
  6. 6 Rockpango (3:29)
  7. 7 Smile (3:33)
  8. 8 Baby Girl (4:05)
  9. 9 Change the World (3:48)
  10. 10 Porn Star (3:24)
  11. 11 Believe (3:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Los Lonely Boys Primary Artist
Riley Osbourne Piano, Clavinet, Hammond B3
Henry Garza Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Tracy Seeger Violin
Ames Asbell Viola
Sara Nelson Cello
Leigh Mahoney Violin
JoJo Garza Bass Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Ringo Garza Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Carmelo Torres Percussion
DJ Beans scratching
Technical Credits
Stephen Barber String Arrangements, String Writing
Kevin Wommack Management
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Steve Chadie Engineer
Henry Garza Composer
Los Lonely Boys Producer
JoJo Garza Composer
Ringo Garza Composer
DJ Beans Cut
Giancarlo Valdez Composer
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  • Posted April 14, 2011

    Rockpango = Rock Party

    Been missing Los Lonely Boys?

    Forgiven and the two new songs on Christmas Spirit probably feel like they were a lifetime ago.

    Rockpango rolls us back to some of the musical magic of the first album while showing some musical growth.

    New elements? Sure. 16 Monkeys, Baby Girl and Porn Star may be ... confusing ... to those who have followed the boys for a while as well as new listeners. Some reviewers have held that LLB's music is shallow or even juvenile. Not so any more, at least if your measure is more ... mature ... themes. Different isn't necessarily bad, just different.

    Consistent aspects? Also "sure". Latin rhythms and Spanish on the fly are back and strong. There's an acoustic song, plus ballads. Pretty wide take on musical styles. And mostly our expected topics.

    In no particular order:

    Rockpango has been used as a show encore on and off for the past year, so many are familiar with this song.

    Fly Away is, of course, the first single. A catchy acoustic song that has done well with old and new fans.

    The rest of the album is a smorgasbord, and the boys have had it on tour for about ten days as I write this.

    Traditional LLB: Fly Away.

    Slow and soulful: Road To Nowhere. Smile.

    In your face rockers: Rockpango. Believe. Love In My Veins.

    Thoughtful: Change the World. American Idle.

    A bit...distinctive: 16 Monkeys. One reviewer on a different site referred to this as "day tripper lyrics". Funny!

    Outside the normal LLB boundaries: Porn Star. Baby Girl.

    LLB has never been able to be fit into a genre box. So it remains inappropriate to try to box this album. Take it at face value: three young men, with some assistance, making a new, full album of their "Texican" music. For which I am thankful, and of which I am proud - for them. Viva LLB! PS: I am and remain a rabid LLB fan. That's your free grain of salt for my review.

    By all means, see Los Lonely Boys perform live; but the album will keep you between shows! Orale'!

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