The Village Voice blatantly stated, “in a word or three, the Mavericks are cool as sh*t,” while No Depression insisted, “…the energy of a locomotive barreling down a track at a hundred miles an hour. The chemistry between these guys is so good…”
“This band has always defied the odds and expectations…a Country band from Miami with a Cuban singer? But it works, because people feel the passion,” explained The Mavericks’ guitarist Eddie Perez.
I dare you to not tap your toe along with the Mavericks new album. It just can't be done. This album is a great illustration when four incredible musicians abandon all preconceived notions they have about genres and ignore what they are told about the narrow lines of country radio and follow their heart. There is some irony that this album of incredible depth of soul is called Mono. Raul Malo's voice captures your attention and is flawless throughout this fascinating combination of instrumentation and influences. Like a Cuban-influenced Pulp Fiction soundtrack, it's frantic, sultry and energetic- all with a swagger that defies definition but entertains just the same. Is it country? Is it jazz? Is its soul? Does it matter? What matters is that it has more passion insole than anything we've heard thus far into 2015.
“All Night Long” (Raul Malo)
“What You Do To Me” (Raul Malo, Allen Miller)
“The Only Question Is” (Raul Malo)
Does anything really sound like The Mavericks?
Four stars out of five