Release Date: Jul 1, 2008
Record label: Sony
San Angelo, TX's Los Lonely Boys follow up their excellent 2006 sophomore effort, Sacred, with Forgiven. (Though they seem like they've been around forever, the Garza brothers -- Henry, Jojo, and Ringo -- have only been recording since 2003.) Produced by Steve Jordan, Forgiven doesn't sound a whole lot different than its predecessors, but that's not a bad thing. It contains the same combination of rock, blues, and soul coming together in a seamless blend of originals, offering proof that theirs is a signature sound.
It’s hard enough to sustain the fairy tale success Texas’ Los Lonely Boys had with their self-titled first album and its monster, Grammy-winning hit, “Heaven.” Harder still when ill-timed arrests—legit or not—taint public opinion enough to help sink the band's follow-up effort. But Forgiven, the band's third record, won’t fulfill the Texas trio’s quest to regain its lost career footing, which is a shame, because it still shows glimmers of the talent that originally lifted the Boys to multi-platinum status. Then again, that’s precisely the problem.