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Cuban-American Raul Malo's tenor is so exquisite it should be placed in the Smithsonian. On the Mavericks's third album, it leaps through pure honky tonk of "There Goes My Heart," sweetly warbles through the soft-stepping "Pretend," and practically yodels heartbreak on the traditionalist "Ain't Found Nobody." Heartbreak is at the core of What a Crying Shame, and Malo makes these confessions of pain an energizing, cathartic experience. With pure country joy and a sound that's polished without being slick, the Mavericks made a flawless country revivalist album. Everything shines here, from the rockabilly swing of "The Things You Said to Me" to "I Should Have Been True" to their cover of Springsteen's "All That Heaven Will Allow," which sounds so orgranic and true you'd think The Boss should don a pair of cowboy boots and learn to two-step.

Customer Reviews


This band can be described in one word...amazing. This band was way ahead of their time and would probably make a huge impression on nowadays CMT (country music television). Oh, what a crying shame that this isn't the case. I hope that maybe CMT will wake up and hear the music and the word about the Mavericks will spread.

Tremendous Album

It's easy to review this album: hit after hit after hit --- and many bring to mind the sounds of Roy Orbison (but not exactly).

Perfect Companion

Living in the southwest frequent trips across the middle of nowhere, but this CD is like that just when you are getting bored the songs and the desert comes together and these performers are your best friends singin it for you and nobody else. Perfection in music.


Formed: 1989 in Miami, FL

Genre: Country

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Fusing traditional country with a rich variety of rock, pop, and Latin influences, the Mavericks became one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful groups of the early '90s. The group's run of hits faded in the 21st century, yet they still held on to a loyal fan base who embrace the group's enthusiastic eclecticism. Led by singer/songwriter Raul Malo (born August 7, 1965, Miami, Florida), the band was formed in Florida in the late '80s. Malo had previously played in several...
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