Good Morning Aztlán

It's difficult for any act to intersperse bits of Spanish into English tracks—particularly rock tracks—without coming off as somewhat hokey.

It's difficult for any act to intersperse bits of Spanish into English tracks—particularly rock tracks—without coming off as somewhat hokey. But after 25 years, Los Lobos can do pretty much anything. Good Morning Aztlán, the band's 11th studio album, sums up a career that's been equal parts rock'n'roll, soul, and traditional Mexican. The Latino sensibility, though, is merely another element in a collection of outstanding—and straightforward—songs that are distinctly bluesy in sound and often times East L.A. in content. Take "Tony & María," an immigrant's tale set over minimalist guitar and percussion, or the distinct fusion of the bilingual "Luz de Mi Vida." Full-fledged Latin arrives with "María Christina," a cumbia in Spanish. But the essence of Aztlán is distinctly rock'n'roll ("Get to This," among others). "Round & Round" is an appropriately grandiose ending for an album that runs deep under its simplicity.—LC