Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: This is a Sonic Knockout
This Time marks Los Lobos' third collaboration with producers Mitchell Froom and Tchad Blake. Generally accepted as the wolves' most experimental and eclectic effort to date, This Time courageously explores a strange, liberating ethos espoused by Blake, Froom, and Lobosmainstays David Hidalgo and Louis Perez.
The music astounds. The title track slyly segues in from nowhere, "Oh Yeah" lopes into a dreamy jazz sound scape subtly punctuated by Blake's studio percussion, and "Some Say Some Do" exhibits a dark innovative techno influence fused with the blues. The earthy riffs on "Viking" and "High Places" illustrate that the band's continued devotion to Jimi Hendrix. Even the Latin stylings of "Cumbia Raza," the sensuous "Corazon," and the spirited "La Playa" get a superior studio treatment.