The Ride The veteran roots-rockers' 12th album features a passel of guests, but it's no all-star indulgence. Richard Thompson lends gravity to the sea chantey "Wreck of… The Ride The veteran roots-rockers' 12th album features a passel of guests, but it's no all-star indulgence. Richard Thompson lends gravity to the sea chantey "Wreck of… 2004-05-04 Los Lobos
Music Review

The Ride (2004)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: May 04, 2004; Lead Performance: Los Lobos

The veteran roots-rockers' 12th album features a passel of guests, but it's no all-star indulgence. Richard Thompson lends gravity to the sea chantey ''Wreck of the Carlos Rey,'' and Tom Waits' ghostly growl haunts the playful clatter of ''Kitate,'' while reinterpretations of Lobos classics by Elvis Costello, Mavis Staples, and Latino rock legend Little Willie G underline the band's gift for resonant balladry. The collaborative approach yields some of the most potent music of the group's career, making this a consistently rewarding Ride.

Originally posted May 07, 2004 Published in issue #764 May 07, 2004 Order article reprints
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