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  • Summary: The Los Angeles band celebrates 30 years in the music business with this 12th studio recording, the first the band has self-produced. Guests include Café Tacuba, Dave Alvin, Tom Waits, Ruben Blades and Elvis Costello.

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Soundcheck
Maybe I don't act the way I used to Cause I don't feel the same about you In fact that's a lie I want you And I raced through soundcheck Just to... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Such guests hardly bring commercial cachet. What they add is a depth and dynamism that transcend genres, generations and language, transforming Los Lobos' trademark sound without throwing the band off its foundation.
  2. Entertainment Weekly
    91
    The collaborative approach yields some of the most potent music of the group's career. [7 May 2004, p.86]
  3. Q Magazine
    80
    It's all linked by a sense of dignity, wisely chosen collaborators and David Hidalgo's voice. [Aug 2004, p.115]
  4. Walks the narrow path between playful adventurousness and tuneful accessibility with ragged elegance and swaggering confidence.
  5. Blender
    80
    Sometimes the tone is self-congratulatory, but a house band this glorious deserves some kind of standing ovation. [May 2004, p.127]
  6. Amazing collaborations that emphasize the veteran band's rich Latin and blues roots.
  7. Rolling Stone
    60
    The Ride doesn't rank with the classic Los Lobos of How Will the Wolf Survive? or the experimental Kiko; instead, it contains aspects of both and is a tribute to the group's influences. [13 May 2004, p.74]

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  1. DHands
    May 14, 2004
    9
    a good summer cd
  2. jerryb
    Feb 28, 2007
    8
    great concept, solid musicianship as always. pretty eclectic array of sounds, maybe too eclectic. "across 110th st." steals the show

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