Lets set the record straight (pun intended….sorry). If you’re a Saliva fan you won’t be disappointed. Cinco Diablo has something from every prior album in every song. It’s a collectively good album, with higher and lower points. Some songs have simpler yet good structure with guitar tone similar to Every Six Seconds, some are more melodic and have Back in Your System-like guitar fills. You get the heaviness of Survival of the Sickest toned down just a bit in spots, and at other times you get the lighter, more produced sound of Blood Stained Love Story. None of the songs really strike me as filler.
You’ll see others saying the album doesn’t bring anything different. While it does bring something different, its still Saliva. That’s why I bought it. Love Story was a step in a different direction, and probably the least favorite of any fan. What happened when Metallica brought something new to the table?
You’ll see others complaining about Josey saying BOOM in his songs. It’s a trademark. Anyone that’s ever seen them live cannot disagree that Family Reunion will be a great live song, and I promise you the entire crowd will be yelling BOOM along with him. It’s a crowd interaction song the same as Click or Ladies and Gentlemen, or Always, and it was the correct choice for the first single.
Family Reunion: First single. Classic Saliva sound.
My Own Worst Enemy: Heavier verse, Back in Your System-like chorus.
Best of Me: Heavier Blood Stained Love Story style song.
How Could You: You got me here. A good song-yes. Could it be titled Always II, absolutely. Same song structure.
Hunt You Down: Good `n heavy.
Judgment Day: You can’t find fault in a song thanking a soldier.
Forever and a Day: Slow song. Back in Your System style guitar fills.
I’m coming Back: Every Six Seconds sound, more refined.
Southern Girls: Very bluesy. Driving bassline, but guitar is written a couple octaves high for my liking. Probably least favorite of all the songs. Its ok.
So Long: Another slow song. No comparison here really. A decent slow song. Second least favorite, but still not complaining.
From a musician’s standpoint most of these songs should be fun to learn. Knowing about 75% of the first 3 albums, I only cared to learn 3 songs off Love Story. This one is different. I’m looking forward to learning most of these songs, you can sink you teeth into them just like the first 3 albums. That should say something about it. If you’re a fan, buy this CD, turn it up until the speakers start to crackle and turn it down a hair, you shouldn’t be disappointed.