CD Review: Los Lobos

Tin Can Trust (Shout! Factory)

Los Lobos' core members have been playing together for almost 40 years. They've explored an expansive breadth of songs and styles, but ever since their 1992 masterpiece Kiko, they've had a hard time coming up with much. Tin Can Trust may be their most straightforward album in years, but it's also their dullest. And the shoestring concept — the story centers on a guy trying to make ends meet collecting bottles and cans — is a distraction. Los Lobos remain unassailable musicians, which they prove by effortlessly switching among blues cuts (a cover of the Grateful Dead's "West L.A. Fadeaway"), traditional Mexican music ("Mujer Ingrata"), and rave-up rock ("Do the Murray"). But besides the soulful title track and the understated but blistering "I'll Burn It Down," the songs here rank among the band's weakest. Chris Drabick

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