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With their third album, Music for All Occasions, the Mavericks added slick country-pop to their arsenal of retro-country styles. The result straddles the line between affection and camp, since the band never goes completely overboard by drenching their songs with strings, and Raul Malo retains his aching Orbison-esque voice. However, that doesn't mean their songwriting has slipped, as all 11 originals are first-rate, updated honky tonk ravers or countrypolitan numbers. And the closing cover of "Somethin' Stupid," recorded with Trisha Yearwood, is a fun, kitschy delight. [This U.K. release contains one bonus track.]


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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