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Mavericks – Music For All Occasions

It may not be news around here that I don’t much like the new country music. To me, most of it either wants to be Van Halen (with a twang), or yet another idiotic appeal to their ‘girl’ to get in their ‘truck’ so they can go down to the ‘river’ and ‘learn who they truly are.’ Gah. I swear it’s all the same. Suck suck suck.

And then there’s the Mavericks. Wiki says they’re “eclectic… combining neotraditional country music, Latin, and rockabilly influences.” Hell yes. Of all the ‘new’ country acts (and this album is from 1995, mind you, so it ain’t exactly new), they’re about the only ones I can stand – and I really like them a bunch.

I am an absolute sucker for Raul Malo’s vocals, which he uses to powerful and great effect on each song, without over-done twang or affectation. His voice hearkens back to the old days when country didn’t suck, and the band is tight and so I do love this album. It’s chock full of great tunes that sound modern yet also could be from fifty years ago. Check out Foolish Heart (which featured in the movie From Dusk Til Dawn), the single Here Comes The Rain (for which they won a Grammy), and their highest-charting tune ever, the bouncy All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down (featuring Flaco Jiménez on accordion), all linked below.

So yeah, I don’t write up country too often, but this one’s a keeper.


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