Release Date: Apr 3, 2007
Record label: Concord
Genre(s): Rock, Alternative, Latin
Never a band afraid to push their sound further, to try new things, Ozomatli has been developing their songs past the salsa-inspired, hip-hop-infused rock they played on their self-titled debut for a while now. On Don't Mess with the Dragon, they continue to do this, moving even further from the Latin music around which they formed and into R&B, ska, and rock riffs that often little resemble what the original group focused on. Not that the record is unrecognizable -- the previous ones had progressively moved in this direction, anyway -- but many of the songs on Dragon wouldn't be out of place on a Robert Randolph or even a No Doubt album.