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Having sold millions of copies of their left-field smash debut, you'd think Los Lonely Boys would be feeling plenty of pressure to deliver the goods on the follow-up -- but that's not what emanates from the good vibrations that dominate Sacred. The Garza brothers -- guitarist Henry, bassist JoJo, and drummer Ringo -- were a well-oiled music machine long before they hit the public consciousness, and the effortlessness of their playing is part of what makes songs like the party-centric conjunto-rocker "Texican Style" go down like a tall, cool draft on a summer's day. But while plenty of their Lone Star State-bred peers can claim similar instrumental prowess, the trio ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Having sold millions of copies of their left-field smash debut, you'd think Los Lonely Boys would be feeling plenty of pressure to deliver the goods on the follow-up -- but that's not what emanates from the good vibrations that dominate Sacred. The Garza brothers -- guitarist Henry, bassist JoJo, and drummer Ringo -- were a well-oiled music machine long before they hit the public consciousness, and the effortlessness of their playing is part of what makes songs like the party-centric conjunto-rocker "Texican Style" go down like a tall, cool draft on a summer's day. But while plenty of their Lone Star State-bred peers can claim similar instrumental prowess, the trio really make their mark through the kind of sharp songwriting that renders songs like "Roses" and "Diamonds" both memorable on first listen and durable enough to sustain dozens more. The trio branch out a bit from the spare sound of their first offering, dappling "My Way" with a fiery wash of brass and calling in Willie Nelson to add his trademark hill-hippie vibe to "Outlaws," but they don't make the mistake of letting those sonic condiments overwhelm the main dish. And when that entrée contains ingredients as savory as "Orale" and "Oye Mamacita" -- the two tunes that show off the members' Mexican roots to best effect -- it would be foolish to do anything else.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Finally! After three years, four different editions of their self-titled debut, a couple of live outings, a handful of singles, and the radio smash hit "Heaven," San Angelo, TX, wunderkinds Los Lonely Boys drop Sacred, their second studio album. The Garza brothers -- Henry (guitar), JoJo (bass), and Ringo (drums) -- up the ante on this slab; it's a big production number that includes additional keyboards, horns, and extra percussion muscle. Does it take away from the immediacy of their debut? Nope. This is not the ill-fated sophomore slump. Sacred is, for the most part, an uptempo, rollicking, streetwise Texas rock record with many surprises. The Garza brothers' lyric writing is still developing, but the tightknit arrangements, popping grooves, and focused musicianship more than balance. The album's first single is "Diamonds," and true to corporate rock standards, it's an utterly catchy, infectious little track, but it's far from the best thing here. Henry's blistering guitar offers a beautiful hook for the trio to sing off of; it's a simple, hooky midtempo love ballad, played on stun, with two organs (played by Reese Wynans and Mike Finnegan) and producer John Porter lending a second guitar. All mixed up, it creates a big swirling danceable pop noise that will be instantly memorable to anyone who encounters it. That said, there are other cuts here that reveal the depths of the bandmembers' musical knowledge and ideas that they are capable of pulling off. Take "Roses" as an example. Henry's Jimi Hendrix-cum-Stevie Ray Vaughan-cum-Albert Collins guitar style flat out creates a groove for the trio to sing from -- its melody is sophisticated, entrancing, and layered through with B-3 fills. Ringo's polyrhythmic drum style and Carl Perazza's hand drums, the shimmering acoustic guitars, and the guitar solo make this the best driving track of 2006 so far. The deeper Latin flavor of this record enters on "Oye Mamacita." Henry's ear-popping funk riff is complemented by the organ and a large rhythm section laying down the floor. It's a loose, orgiastic stinger where riffs, vocals, hooks, and rhythms collide and then slip into place, stacking on top of one another. The wah-wah guitar solo in this cut is to die for, and truth be told, it's these guys who are creating a new mainstream Tex-Mex-driven Latin rock & roll that even gringos can cut a rug to. "Texican Style" (which is the best description of the music Los Lonely Boys play) features the button accordion of Michael Guerra right alongside Henry's guitar. The Texas Horns contribute to a couple of cuts, including the anthemic opener, "My Way" (no, not that one), and "Outlaws," which also showcases Willie Nelson and Los Lonely Boys' father, Enrique Garza, Sr., on vocals. The latter cut puts Henry front and center with his wah-wahed, "Voodoo Chile-esque" opening. Here is the one-two stomp of Texas outlaw country music updated for the 21st century. The Texas Horns play a funky, gritty mariachi style introducing Enrique's swaggering verse, which introduces Nelson. One might mistakenly perceive this as a nod to novelty, but it kicks ass. Period. The set closes with "Living My Life," a slippery, beautifully constructed Tex-Mex son in English. The three-part harmony is impeccable; the passion in the tune is balanced by its Sonoran desert feel. It's tempting to single out Henry for his fluid, intuitive, and imaginative guitar playing, but that would be a mistake, as his brothers' rhythm section is simply one of the best in the business. They add imagination, grit, and tough grooves to everything they touch. Add the fact that they co-write their songs -- and they all sing -- and you have a unit that is an entire thing unto itself. Sacred is an exciting, even wonderful second step for one of the truly unique bands on the scene.
Billboard - Sven Philipp
On this energetic sophomore set, the Garza brothers churn out one catchy beach anthem after another.... The trio manages to turn standard feel-good tunes into electrifying jams.
San Francisco Chronicle - Joel Selvin
It was clear from the start that these fellows were here to stay, a judgment their fine second album only confirms. These guys are lifers, and this is just the second installment.
Los Angeles Daily News - Fred Shuster
There's plenty to like about "Sacred."

On this energetic sophomore set, the Garza brothers churn out one catchy beach anthem after another.... The trio manages to turn standard feel-good tunes into electrifying jams.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/18/2006
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969419427
  • Catalog Number: 94194

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 My Way (4:26)
  2. 2 Órale (3:46)
  3. 3 Diamonds (3:15)
  4. 4 Oye Mamacita (3:32)
  5. 5 I Never Met a Woman (4:47)
  6. 6 Roses (3:53)
  7. 7 Texican Style (4:05)
  8. 8 One More Day (3:38)
  9. 9 Memories (4:12)
  10. 10 My Loneliness (4:45)
  11. 11 Outlaws (4:43)
  12. 12 Home (3:41)
  13. 13 Living My Life (4:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Los Lonely Boys Primary Artist
Willie Nelson Vocals
Jimmy Hall Harmonica
Eric Darken Percussion
Lenny Castro Percussion
Mike Finnegan Organ, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff Tenor Saxophone, Group Member
Darrell Leonard Trumpet, Trombonium, Group Member
John Porter Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Wurlitzer
Joe Sublett Tenor Saxophone, Group Member
Reese Wynans Hammond Organ
Randy Zimmerman Trombone, Group Member
Al Gomez Trumpet, Group Member
Henry Garza Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Michael Guerra Button Accordion
John H.R. Mills Baritone Saxophone, Group Member
JoJo Garza Piano, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Ringo Garza Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Enrique Garza Sr. Vocals
Carl Perazza Percussion
Texas Horns Track Performer
Technical Credits
Patrick Simmons Composer
Ish Guitar Techician
Gary Nicholson Composer
Michael O'Reilly Engineer
John Porter Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
James Tuttle Engineer
Kevin Wommack Executive Producer, Management
Mark Wright Producer
Brian Willis Engineer
Drew Bollman Engineer
Michael Caplan Executive Producer
Josh Cheuse Art Direction
Mike O'Neill Engineer
Steve Chadie Engineer
David Kampa Logo
Henry Garza Composer
Los Lonely Boys Producer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
JoJo Garza Composer
Jesse Nichols Engineer
Jim Mona Liner Notes
Paul Liebenow Engineer
Bryan Pugh Engineer
Beau Fletcher Engineer
Bobby Filarowicz Drum Technician
Ringo Garza Composer
Justin Shturtz Engineer
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  • Posted May 18, 2014

    Every song is my favorite song!!!!

    Every song is my favorite song!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another Solid Gold Hit!

    Following on their international success with their blockbuster debut
    CD in 2003 and the audience-rousing live CD, Live From The Filmore, in
    2005, Los Lonely Boys would again hit the record charts with Sacred in
    2006. Filled with outstnading solos, the band would again showcase the
    Texican Rock repertoire with solid tracks, including Top Ten such as My
    Way and Oye Mamacita) and superb guitar playing, Los Lonely Boys makes
    Sacred a huge hit on both sides of the Rio Grande. So I would seriously
    recommend this Rock En Espanol classic, because it is filled with the kind of power and brotherhood cameraderie we come to expect from Los
    Lonely Boys--and what lies ahead in the band's groundbreaking, highly
    energetic music career.

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