The Paladins, El Matador

Ann Powers

By Ann Powers

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

The rockabilly scene is governed by some pretty tight rules — grease your hair boys, and turn up the reverb — but its best practitioners find their own way into the formula. The Paladins, led by the fast-fingered, clear-eyed guitarist Dave Gonzalez, are academic in the best sense. On this Spanish and blues-tinged disc, the veteran group's latest, they take tradition seriously while still finding ways to make it personal.