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Album Review

Although they first broke into the limelight marketed as a country act in the 1990s, Miami's Mavericks, led by the soaring, Roy Orbison-like vocals of singer Raul Malo, and with a sound that blended country elements with Tex-Mex, Latin, and Cuban touches, along with pure pop, proved to be a little too diverse (OK, a lot diverse) for the narrow confines of Nashville's version of commercial country. The band parted ways as the decade closed, reunited for a single album in 2003, then split up again while Malo, always the focal point and the main songwriter in the group, went on to release several solo albums that explored different genre avenues before the Mavericks reunited once more in 2011. This album, In Time, is the result, and it's a further step away from anything resembling a mainstream country release, incorporating not only the Tex-Mex and Cuban influences the band was known for, but also the rhythms of polkas, tangos, and all manner of approaches, making them closer to a band like Los Lobos than to Tim McGraw or Jason Aldean, or whoever passes for the face of country music these days. Malo co-produced this set (with Niko Bolas), and he wrote or co-wrote all of the songs here, and his versatile and incredible vocals are, as they should be, the center of everything. Tracks like the floating shuffle "Back in Your Arms Again," the pop gem "Born to Be Blue," the Roy Orbison-like "That's Not My Name," and the powerful and relentless "(Call Me) When You Get to Heaven" (a stunning, passionate, and wrenching ballad that builds and rises to a honest-to-goodness bolero crescendo) prove that neither Malo nor the rest of the bandmembers have lost nary an inch during the layoff, and if anything, have grown much more explorative and adventurous. To say this album is a return to form wouldn't be quite correct. It's an extension of it.

Customer Reviews

IN TIME

Great, feel good factor music

Wonderful

I love this album, so glad they made a new cd, some slower romantic heart wrenchers, some that make you dance and sway around the room, dont know what genre, country/salsa/samba/bossa, I dont care I only know Im so glad I bought it.

Back to business

Lets start off by saying if you aren't a Mavericks' fan (why not?) then you won't care what I write here. But you would be amiss to ignore the fact that this is a fantastic album.

For fans of the band it has all the classic style, sound and charm of the good old days of Trampoline, and even manages to recapture the solid togetherness of much older albums - the band is back and working as a unit again.

The musicianship is brilliant, but the things we have cone to know and love are still the things that make it a beautiful listen.

Raul's easy charm and effortless voice still drives the songs, but the songs are smart and sweet and emotional enough to survive on their own. Stand outs are "Come Unto Me" (which features twice thanks to the Spanish version included) and "Forgive Me" (which could easily have been a hit for Dean Martin).

Special mention goes to the epic "Call Me When You Get To Heaven" in which Raul shows off just how impressive his vocal range and strength is.

Welcome back Mavs.

Biography

Formed: 1989 in Miami, FL

Genre: Country

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

Fusing traditional country with traditional rock & roll, the Mavericks became one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful groups of the early '90s. 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 different bands while he was in high school, as did bassist Robert Reynolds (born Robert Earl Reynolds, April 30, 1962, Kansas City, Missouri). The pair met at school...
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