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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, …  See more details below


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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Playing In Traffic


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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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Rockpango 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
AustinStratFan More than 1 year ago
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'!