As a Los Lobos fan who loves their more experimental/atmospheric stuff like Colossal Head and This Time, this ep strikes me as more immediately satisfying than its accompanying full-length, The Ride. The Waits, Costello, Thompson covers all hew pretty close to the standard rock format yet incorporate -- very subtly -- the sonic textures and quirks the band learned from working with Froom and Blake for most of the '90s. While The Ride has grown on me since it came out, I still find the guests largely distracting, especially on the more straight-ahead r&b stuff, which for me is the least compelling aspect of Los Lobos' music. On Ride This, you get pure, undiluted Los Lobos, clearly enjoying themselves as they play some of their favorite tunes while adding their peculiar sonic personality to them. If "Rita" is your favorite track on The Ride (as it is mine), then you'll certainly love Ride This. And even if you're more swayed by Cesar's r&b material, he turns in two excellent performances here, which will certainly reel you in. And then there's Ruben Blades' "Patria," which truly is worth the price of the ep itself -- it's incredibly beautiful and strangley ambient (but not in an electronic way), while "Shoot Out the Lights" sounds truly massive. I can't wait to hear what the band does next, as they've clearly found the perfect production style here to capture their singular sound. So, basically, disregard the lousy review below and pick up this ep right away!