Wednesday, May 26, 1999

Review - Sugar Town

Artist: The Iguanas

Posted on Wed, May 26, 1999 at 4:00 AM

Anyone who traveled to the mammoth New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival this spring couldn't help but notice that favorite sons The Iguanas again convinced fans to shed their inhibitions and dance till they dropped. The quintet's infectious blend of R&B, Latin rhythms and swamp boogie is handily captured on "Sugar Town."

The disc, the band's fourth, doesn't offer anything as bracing as earlier tunes "Benny's Cadillac" or "Boom Boom Boom" or "Para Donde Vas." Still, it's a pleasant sampler of new material, built on the chunky backbeat of "Captured," the catchy Tex-Mex grooves of "Le Llanta Se Me Poncho," "La Guera Felix" and "Latin Kings," the rootsy rock of "Born Again Devil" and "You Killed My Buzz," the retro pop of "Love Terrifies Me" and "Dear Walter," and the modified funk of "Fire and Gasoline." Everything, as usual, is colored with the sound of twin saxophones, bluesy guitar, accordion and lyrics sung in English and Spanish.

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