Music: The Long Way Round to Home

With La Bamba behind them, Los Lobos recover their roots

They looked around and suddenly didn't know where they were.

This is not an uncommon occurrence on a rock tour, but Los Lobos is a band that has always stuck pretty close to home. Their music is a unique blend of roots rock, Latino spirit and introspective lyricism. Their new album -- their best so far -- is a kind of homage to the homey spirit of regeneration. It's called The Neighborhood, and just recently the band found itself quite a distance from it.

"We're in Spain!" drummer Louis Perez Jr. realized after a moment. "Wow!" Well, maybe they weren't quite...

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