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Raul Malo has a wide reach as a singer — his deeply-expressive voice can be applied to country, rock, Latin and Vegas pop with equal facility, and he delves into all of these styles on Lucky One, his first album of new tunes in eight years. Like Roy Orbison, the former Mavericks lead vocalist is capable of both tremulous sensitivity and near-operatic grandeur. Over the years, he’s cultivated his image as an arch romantic with a knowingly retro sense of style. These qualities are present on Lucky One, infusing songs like “Something Tells Me,” “Hello Again,” and “Crying for You” with palpable longing. Just when he risks taking himself too seriously, Malo serves up kitschy fare like “Moonlight Kiss” or “You Always Win,” setting his inner lounge crooner free. At times, these tracks sound a bit generic — “Haunting Me” is Elvis-goes-Latin, “Lonely Hearts” is ‘60s-ish Tex-Mex rock and so forth. At his best, though, Malo transcends his reference points and achieves something unique, as on the stately “One More Angel” and the luminous “So Beautiful.” Lucky One’s tunes might not all be of the same standard, but the excellence of Malo’s voice is never in doubt.

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'Lucky One' Hits the Jackpot!

Malo's past few releases have been strong cover albums, but boy is it a thrill to have him back as a songwriter! These tunes are timeless. They sound like they were crafted in a different era...touches of Harry Nilsson, Roy Orbison and more. This is probably the reason why my friends and parents (30-somethings to 60-somethings) all appreciate Malo as an artist. "Lucky One" kicks off the album on an upbeat note, and this continues with the Zoot-sounding "Moonlihgt Kiss." All that follows is icing on the cake, and then it ends with a soft bang. The final track, "So Beautiful," is one of the most thoughtful and well-crafted songs I've heard. "Lucky One" is an extension of Raul Malo's days as frontman for The Mavericks, but he builds on this canon with songs that are more complex and mature. And I can't overlook the production that comes courtesy of Malo and Steve Berlin. Piano, horns, violin and guitar are combined in a way that compliments Raul's greatest instrument: his voice. It's never overshadowed.'s great to have you back as a songwriter! It's been awhile. Please don't make us wait another 7 years for MORE material. I hope you have much more to say.

Another great album from Mr. Malo...

Amazing music form the man with the amazing voice!

Great stuff

Hes the man !!! Another great one!!


Born: August 7, 1965 in Miami, FL

Genre: Country

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

Originally making his mark in the country music world and then slipping into the Latin and jazz arenas via rock & roll, Raul Malo has proven to be an ever-expanding musical talent. Malo, born in Miami of Cuban parents, started playing bass guitar in high school and soon found his way into several small bands. In 1987, he made his first recording with the Basics, and one song, "Paperheart," appeared on the promotional album Unsigned. While the album wasn't a success, the experience whet Malo's appetite...
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