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Los Lonely Boys, Texican rock 'n' roll trio of brothers, debuted in 2003 with a No. 1 radio hit in "Heaven," selling millions of albums, winning a Grammy and racking up reams of critical acclaim. After proving themselves one of the most stunning and wonderful musical success stories of the last decade, Los Lonely Boys are now carving out their legend with their fourth studio album "Rockpango." They heighten the trajectory, open up their sound, and show what flourishing maturity feels like from these veteran, yet still young and burgeoning musical talents.
"Rockpango" is a spirit and sound coined by Los Lonely Boys that takes the next step from fandango (a beat of loving celebration) and then huapango (another infectious Latin rhythm that gets the fiesta cooking) to a full-scale Tex-Mex American roots rock party galore. Bursting out of the gate with the simmering and slinky "American Idle" that scans today's tough economic times, it wraps up 10 tracks later with the fierce and fiery assertion that love is the answer on "Believe." Los Lonely Boys look at the big picture around us with the concerns and continuing faith that come with well-grounded adulthood.
The trio of brothers are Henry (guitar, vocals), JoJo (bass, vocals) and Ringo (drums, vocals). Their ever-expanding musical vision fills the set with new facets that further reveal the group's already notable artistic diversity. "16 Monkeys" is a delightfully funky slice of infectious neo-Bohemian wit and wordplay, while orchestration by the Tosca String Quartet adds classic rock-pop sophistication on the achingly beautiful "Road To Nowhere" and the Beatle-esque gem "Smile." They fuse deep blues with a hip-hop twist on "Porn Star," which includes a razor-sharp rap at the tail end by Kush, one of their Texas extended family relations.
The trademark Los Lonely Boys genetic vocal blend is deeper, richer, more fluent and confident than ever. The rhythms are utterly irresistible as well as flush with smart syncopation and muscular drive, abetted on some tracks by tour percussionist Carmelo "Melo" Torres. The brothers' songwriting skills stamp indelibility on every winning number. Joined by veteran Austin player Riley Osbourn on keyboards, Los Lonely Boys deliver and more on "Rockpango."
"We're still Lonely Boys," JoJo insists, chuckling in agreement that they are also now Los Lonely Men who have truly come of age on their latest. "We're still family, we're still three brothers, we're still doing what the good Lord has blessed us with, and that's singing and playing for people who really want to listen."
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