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  • Summary: The 17th full-length studio release for the Los Angeles rock band includes covers of songs about Los Angeles or were written by fellow natives of the City of Angels.
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  1. Jul 30, 2021
    80
    Native Sons is a tribute that manages to be more than a set of covers -- it shows what the band learned from these songs, as well as showing us where their long musical journey has taken them. It's essential listening from one of America's greatest bands.
  2. Uncut
    Jul 27, 2021
    80
    The band showcase their wide range on this imaginative and timely covers album. [Aug 2021, p.29]
  3. Jul 27, 2021
    80
    Los Lobos puts out a dazzling love letter to their hometown of Los Angele with Native Sons, 13 songs initially sung by LA-based bands. The reinterpretations are as inspired as they are varied.
  4. Mojo
    Jul 27, 2021
    80
    Native Sons adds a local twist as Los Lobos roll back--with new, inventive detail--through their LA roots and influences, binding the Chicano branch of '60s rock and California from the other side of town. [Sep 2021, p.78]
  5. Aug 10, 2021
    72
    Apart from splicing “Bluebird” and “For What It’s Worth” into a Buffalo Springfield medley, Los Lobos stay faithful to these original arrangements, which doesn’t mean they’re replicating records. They’re relying on their collective strengths as a rock’n’roll band.
  6. Classic Rock Magazine
    Jul 27, 2021
    70
    As ever, they paint from the broadest of palettes to create a portrait of a city rich in cultural and musical diversity. [Aug 2021, p.80]
  7. Aug 6, 2021
    70
    Native Sons is a surprisingly great piece of work by a band who know how to please their fans and accidentally make new ones.

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  1. Aug 6, 2021
    8
    Very good cover album. One would not imagine the same band made famous by the song La Bamba would still be relevant today and releasing goodVery good cover album. One would not imagine the same band made famous by the song La Bamba would still be relevant today and releasing good music. Albeit it´s a cover album, they are good covers and not just renditions. Los Lobos being an LA based band, covering many LA artists keeps the same Cali feeling to it and never ceises to impress. Expand