It’s been a few years since Los Lobos released original material, but Tin Can Trust is worth the wait. Its music is a mix of rock, R&B, soul, folk, and various Latin styles – and the band excels at all of it. While its song lyrics reflect tough times, every song serves up musical treats and surprises.
This band has three fine guitarists, including David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas, who (somewhat uncharacteristically) show their chops in the instrumental R&B stomper “Do the Murray.” But the band’s subtle side dominates this record. “Jupiter or the Moon” is an atmospheric sonic masterpiece that would fit well on their classic album, Kiko. It’s jazzy, with a clever Hidalgo solo that finishes with a tip of the cap to Kind of Blue-era Miles Davis. “I’ll Burn It Down” has a loping beat with great hooks, and the title cut’s mix of guitars shows the empathy between Hidalgo, Rosas, and third guitarist Louie Perez, while the bluesy solos by Hidalgo are the perfect complement. For more guitar interaction, check out the cover of the Grateful Dead’s “West L.A. Freeway,” where solos and guitar lines form the melody.
Tin Can Trust adds to the legacy of one the finest rock and roll bands.
This article originally appeared in VG’s Sept. ’08 issue. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited.