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Genres: Blues, Pop
A collaboration between Los Lobos/Latin Playboys linchpin David Hidalgo (and what a year he had!) and vocalist Mike Halby, this self-titled debut is basically a blues album--albeit one that's a universe and several decades... more »
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A collaboration between Los Lobos/Latin Playboys linchpin David Hidalgo (and what a year he had!) and vocalist Mike Halby, this self-titled debut is basically a blues album--albeit one that's a universe and several decades removed from the routine fare that dominates the blues market. Hidalgo is one of the most inspired musicians working today, and his foil possesses otherworldly pipes. --Steven Stolder
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Bruce Kendall | Southern Pines, NC | 12/04/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Imagine if you combined the low-down, gritty, soulfullness of Tom Waits, the electric fiddle of Papa John Creech, some excellent bottleneck and slide guitar with some dark-alley, 2AM lyrics? The answer: Mike Halby and David Hidalgo's homage to weltanschmerz, Houndog. Houndog really is bare-bones blues, as unpretentious and honest as it gets. Again, like Waits, the musicians sound as if they are on the tail end of a three day heavy binge, but can muster just enough strength for one more song. This will definitely not appeal to all Hidalgo fans (not your daddy's Los Lobos fare here). With Waits afficianadoes, however, it is can't miss. It is definitely the type music listened to late at night. In fact, the later the better. Will probably move to five stars after I give it a few more listens."
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FlametopFred | hiding under desk, shhh! | 11/27/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"this is the sound of:walking down a dirt road. a dry, dry dusty dirt road. there is no water to drink. it is august and hotter than august should be. and dry. you swallow and it hurts. you sweat and your head hurts. the dry heat pounds.so you find this old 45rpm record at the side of the road. in the dust. the dry dry dust.you take the 45 with you and you come home and go inside your shack. you put the 45 on your turntable. maybe not all the dust is blown off the record. but your turntable is broken and only plays back the 45 at 16rpm, maybe 33rpm now and again.that is the sound of this Houndog record, and I love it. love it dry like that"
The sound of heroin
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'd be willing to check out just about anything that Tommy Waits recommended, but I stumbled upon this one with only the Lobos connection. Now my ears are pleased, and I cannot get enough of this album. Captures the blues grit in a way that has been forgotten these days as blues get commercial. Musical drugs. Serve with whiskey."