Review: “Forgiven,” by Los Lonely Boys

 

On first listening to Forgiven, Los Lonely Boys’ third studio CD, you might get an impression the Texas trio may have gone to this well a little too often.  The grooves feel more than a little similar to music they’ve made in the past and a bit too beholden to their influences.  So here’s what you do: take a drive to the beach and slip this CD into the player.  As the road and the summer stretch out before you, Los Lonely Boys sound exactly right.  “Staying With Me” is one of those summer singles like, say, Santana’s “Smooth” some years ago – it just gets its hooks in you and doesn’t let go.  You don’t want it to let go. “I’m A Man,” the old Spencer Davis group blues, lets guitarist Henry Garza rip with some tasty solos; “You Can’t See The Light” would probably remain funky even if Dr. John didn’t guest on the track; and “Heart Won’t Tell A Lie” shows off Henry’s cranking Stevie Ray Vaughan-style chops.  The songs just roll along, like a lazy summer drive.  Sure, these boys have a style that may seem repetitive to some listeners and their songs may not be groundbreaking or earth-shaking, but their sound is so comfortable and easy to digest that any missteps and redundancies are easily, ah, forgiven.  After recent offerings by Radiohead, My Morning Jacket and Coldplay, you owe yourself a lightweight summer listening treat.  Forgiven is it!  UPDATE: Apparently Wal-Mart is offering copies of the CD with two listed bonus tracks, other copies may include them as “hidden” tracks … at any rate, enjoy “Guero In The Barrio.”

MP3: “Staying With Me”

MP3: “Guero In The Barrio” (bonus track)

Los Lonely Boys official website

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