Thursday, December 8, 2016

Cesar Rosas 1999 Soul Disguise (LL)

Genre: Blues-Rock
Rate: 277 kbps VBR / 44100 from lossless source!
Time: 00:44:16
Size: 85,81 MB


Review by Martin Monkman

Full of blues, soul, R&B and accordion-driven Mexican tunes, Soul Disguise takes Rosas back to the kind of sound that typified the first full-length Los Lobos LP, How Will the Wolf Survive? The blues pervade the album.

The hard-driving title track could have originated in the Texas blues scene, with a guitar solo that conjures up the spirit of Jimi Hendrix. Ike Turner's "You've Got to Lose" is a brutal chunk of R&B that Rosas makes his own. The slow and steamy "E. Los Ballad #13" and the funky "Treat Me Right" are soul-inflected blues, with Rosas applying a touch of tenderness in his vocals. But the album is more than just modern blues. The opening track, "Little Heaven," is a slice of love-ain't-what-it-used-to-be storytelling, and "Racing the Moon" is just the sort of rock-flavored song that could be covered by one of the new country hat acts. The two songs in Spanish feature accordion master Flaco Jimenez: "Angelito" is a polka that just won't quit, and "Adios Mi Vida" is a tender waltz.

Throughout Soul Disguise, Rosas lets his influences show while at the same time sounding like nobody but himself. It's a fine album, entertaining in the best sense of the word, and essential for fans of Los Lobos.


01 - Little Heaven 03:40

02 - You've Got To Lose 03:24

03 - Tough To Handle 03:55

04 - Angelito 03:19

05 - Struck 03:04

06 - Shack And Shambles 04:01

07 - Better Way 04:17

08 - Soul Disguise 04:25

09 - Treat Me Right 03:38

10 - Adios Mi Vida 03:05

11 - Racing The Moon 03:27

12 - E. Los Ballad #13 04:01

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