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Del Fuegos full of fire

Boston's most recent band to receive national attention in the rock charts has just released its second album. The Del Fuegos (Spanish for "The Fires") have lived up to their name by releasing another red-hot LP. They are local favorites from way back and have built a reputation as a band that loves to play live anywhere and anytime.

It is their enthusiasm for what they do and persistence in refining both their music and stage presence that makes the Del Fuegos a band with great potential. The Del Fuegos are a garage band with enough of a pop sound to give them a widespread appeal.

This second LP is more experimental than the first with a greater mix of fast and slow songs, and a variety of vocal/musical combinations.

The two major hooks captured on this album are represented by the lead cuts on each side. "Don't Run Wild" has already been the recipient of substantial airplay, both nationally and locally. "It's Alright" is an equally catchy tune. These two songs epitomize the Del Fuegos' sound with the garage style guitar sounds of Dan and Warren Zanes fluctuating in and out to complement Dan's rough edge vocals.

In the slower and more melodic category, "I Still Want You," "Coupe DeVille," and "Fade to Blue" represent a different and pleasantly surprising side of the Del Fuegos. Their ability to make good on these songs is an assertion of musical diversity and flexibility. The unnamed prelude to "Night on the Town" is the most bizarre cut on the album with a strange mix of guitars and background noise.

The Del Fuegos are definitely progressing, both professionally and musically. Boston, Mass. exhibits a number of musical directions; I am curious to see what the next LP from this group will bring. Now that the Del Fuegos have attained a following on both coasts, it is becoming more difficult to catch them for a live show in Boston. Thus, we local fans must content ouselves with wearing out the grooves in their latest piece of vinyl between local appearances and beer commercials.

Stephen A. Brobst->