This is Montoya's fifth album and his first since his most successful release, Suspicion (2000)—a record that put Montoya's star firmly in the ascendency.

This is Montoya's fifth album and his first since his most successful release, Suspicion (2000)—a record that put Montoya's star firmly in the ascendency. Known for his emotionally charged lead guitar, that fluent, kinetic, guitar style is a key element of Can't Look Back, but at this point in his career, there has to be more than guitar slinger solos if he's going to continue to grow as a blues artist. There's some good R&B-based material here, and this is a wise stretch for Montoya. He has the voice and the rhythmic smarts (he is an ex-drummer) to be convincing with such tunes as "No Longer a Part of Your Dreams" and his original song "I Won't Beg." Taking this album title to heart, Montoya continues to refine what he owns while looking to increase his musical breadth.—PVV