By Scott Schinder
May 07, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Ride

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The veteran roots-rockers’ 12th album features a passel of guests, but it’s no all-star indulgence. Richard Thompson lends gravity to the sea chantey ”Wreck of the Carlos Rey,” and Tom Waits’ ghostly growl haunts the playful clatter of ”Kitate,” while reinterpretations of Lobos classics by Elvis Costello, Mavis Staples, and Latino rock legend Little Willie G underline the band’s gift for resonant balladry. The collaborative approach yields some of the most potent music of the group’s career, making this a consistently rewarding Ride.

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