If You Were Only Here Tonight
Los Lobos have dramatically evolved since bursting from East L.A. in the early '80s. Primary songwriters David Hidalgo and Louis Perez draw inspiration from the neighborhood of their youth for this, the band's brightest release since 1992's Kiko. Their themes involve the challenges of building hopes and dreams within a neighborhood (the town) while situated amidst the Southland's unrelenting urban sprawl (the city). At its heart, this is an album that illustrates where the band has gone as much as where it calls home.