One of the things I really love about Los Lobos is that they always seem to be able to put together a great melting pot of an album consisting of songs from a variety of genres ranging from straight up rock and roll to experimental avant-garde to traditional Mexican folk music. True to that form, on Gates Of Gold, the highlights are forays into new-to-me material for the band like cumbia 2.0 (“Poquito Para Aqui”) (at least I think it’s cumbia because it sounds like what I think of when I think of cumbia and it sounds like they sing “cumbia” at one point) and In A Silent Way-era fusion (“When We Were Free”).
After that, though, the album kind of feels mailed in. I mean, it’s all Likes with a few Mehs, so it’s hard to complain. It’s a quality disc from a quality band, but these guys are old now and this album feels like it. There isn’t a lot here that excites me or that I want to come back to. No, it just makes me want to go listen to their older stuff.
- Made To Break Your Heart – “Love was …” Great part near end where massive distorted guitar comes in and adds a completely new feel
- When We Were Free – soul, jazz
- Mis-Treater Boogie Blues – good, straightforward rock
- There I Go – cool effect on his voice, very mellow
- Too Small Heart – meh straightforward rock. Drum line reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix’s “Fire”
- Poquito Para Aqui – cumbia
- Gates Of Gold –
- La Tumba Sera El Final – mellow
- Song Of The Sun
- I Believed You So –
- Magdalena –