Los Lonely Boys is a smart band that understands the business of the business. Avoiding the usual Texas blues clichés, the ensemble is radio friendly, with the charisma of Ritchie Valens and the soul of Carlos Santana. Embracing their deep Texican roots, the brothers Garza features bassist Jojo, drummer Ringo, and guitarist Henry.
This new album is an earthy pop-rock record that attempts to cover all the bases. With collaborative help from outside songwriters Radney Foster, Matthew Gerrard, David Quiñones, George Pajon, Jr. (Black-Eyed Peas), Keith Harris, and Raul Pacheco (Ozomatli), there’s something for everybody. Between the rootsy pop of “Blame It On Love” and the infectious “It’s Just My Heart Talkin’,” Revelation makes a great couples record.
With tight musicianship throughout, this collection shifts from the reggae-inﬂuenced “Give A Little More” to the bouncy pop of “There’s Always Tomorrow.” “So Sensual” showcases the band’s soul leanings with Henry displaying great maturity and versatility on guitar. “Can’t Slow Down” is for the blues-rock folks, while the acoustic “The Greatest Ever” and the cloying “Everything About You” is for the ladies.
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