"One of America's most interesting and thoroughly enjoyable bands . . . 'Americano' demonstrates they're just getting better, smarter and more ambitious with each album."
"The poetry is 30 years better and deeper. Unafraid of confrontation, the Saldana boys’ recent '1070 (I’m Your Dirty Mexican)' deals with the inherent racism in the controversial Arizona immigration bill. On a lighter note, their recent 'Fruteria' may be the happiest Tex Mex pop tune ever."
"The Krayolas’ 'Americano' is their best, most Santone recording to date, and honestly, the most San Antonio-sounding pop artists since Sir Doug himself."
May started off with a bang, as San Antonio roots-rock veterans The Krayolas fired off a shot heard ‘round the world (that is to say: Texas): ‘1070 (I’m Your Dirty Mexican),’ recorded in protest of Arizona’s recent passage of a hard-line immigration law. The song’s gloomy, slow-burning groove, augmented with Farfisa, fits the ominous, if sometimes perplexing lyrics . . . all the same, the song has some bracing lines, in particular the chorus.”
"Not since Woody Guthrie gave his all to bring attention to injustices to American workers during the early parts of the 20th century, and Bob Dylan's ushering in the anti-establishment movement of the 60’s, have I heard such a prolifically strong and straight from the heart, and straight through the heart piece of poetry set to music. '1070 (I'm Your Dirty Mexican)' is a song that needed writing . . . an amazing piece of musical history."
"San Antonio Tex-Mex garage-rockers The Krayolas, who sharpened their political claws on the Little Steven-endorsed 'Corrido Twelve Heads In a Bag,' have set their sights on Arizona's controversial anti-immigration law on the band's new single '1070 (I'm Your Dirty Mexican).'
“Writer-singer Hector Saldaña has an uncanny knack for fresh yet simple melodies, and the Krayolas are equally comfortable with garage rock (‘Missed the Last Train’), flat-out pop (‘If I Can’t Have You’), and delectable Tejano-flavored soufflés (‘Fruteria’) . . . the Krayolas score with another fine, schizophrenic set.”
"The record is about San Antonio and its inhabitants: from the South Side neighborhood fruit stand at Nogalitos and Zarzamora . . . to the cultural observation of 'Home,' a gorgeous ballad that brings to mind Elvis Costello. An Anglo man looks at a Latino woman at a bus stop, trying to imagine her life."
"''Piso Diez' delves into Bob Dylan’s subterranean homesick blues, while New Wave ballad 'Home' recalls Elvis Costello’s softer side and 'Show a Little Kindness' closes out the album on a brass-band swell that’s equal parts Sgt. Pepper’s and New Orleans second-line.