FDL Late Nite: Los Lobos
Hold onHold on to every breathand if I make it till the sunrisejust do it all over againI'm killing myself just to keep aliveKilling myself to surviveKilling myself to survive
While the album really impresses me with its execution of muscianship, it also infects you with its ability to convey character and perspective from a quintessentially human point of view. There's rocking blues on this album, music with a more moody and meditative feel, a raucous and lively Spanish language track called "Chuco's Cumbia" (my current favorite), and more. There's love and loss, and through it all, a sense of belonging to or finding one's place in the wider community. Good stuff.
Anyway, I'm not really going anywhere in particular with this, but I wanted to share my impressions with you, thank Los Lobos for the CD and more importantly their continuing artistry, and also use whatever platform I have to give more exposure to voices from the immigrant Latino experience in the U. S. This album is in many ways a throwback to the old idea of the concept album, but without the precious excesses or hypersentimentality of many exemplars of that particular genre. These guys are too smart, too mature as musicians and too much in love with great music for that. If you want, you can get the album here.