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Classic Album Review: Los Straitjackets | Sing Along With …

The Mexican-masked twangmasters take it up a notch with a slate of singers.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Los Straitjackets are, without a doubt, the finest group of Mexican wrestling mask-wearing, black turtleneck-clad, surf guitar-twanging rockers in North America. Perhaps even the world.

For most bands, that would be enough. But not these guys. They want the whole enchilada. On their tellingly titled new CD Sing Along With Los Straitjackets, the masked marauders aim for the pop charts by recruiting a roster of roots-rock singers to give voice to their jumping-bean covers. Raul Malo belts out Black is Black, Horton Heat fires Down the Line, Dave Alvin basks in the old California Sun, and even Paul Revere himself, Mark Lindsay, works out to Treat Her Right. By the time the legendary Trashmen cook up A Huevo, you’ll likely be doing a little singing yourself.