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What a Crying Shame

The Mavericks

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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).

One of the last, best country albums

Now-a-days you get two, maybe three good songs on an album. This is truly one of the last great abums to have all wonderful songs from the first to the last! Highly recommended to anyone longing for the old days of country CD's - where the good music was good, and country music was even better!


Formed: 1989 in Miami, FL

Genre: Country

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

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, FL), 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, MO). The pair met at school and discovered...
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