Lucky One

Lucky One

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by Raul Malo
     
 

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Raul Malo has kept a certain distance from his creative past in the Mavericks on his solo releases, choosing to focus on his pop, jazz, or Latin influences rather than the more country-accented tunes that put his old band on the charts. However, Malo's sixth solo effort, Lucky One, more clearly recalls his work with the Mavericks…  See more details below

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Raul Malo has kept a certain distance from his creative past in the Mavericks on his solo releases, choosing to focus on his pop, jazz, or Latin influences rather than the more country-accented tunes that put his old band on the charts. However, Malo's sixth solo effort, Lucky One, more clearly recalls his work with the Mavericks than anything he's done since the group called it quits. Admittedly, this set suggests the style of Music for All Occasions and Trampoline, where Malo and his bandmates began throwing off the restrictions of traditional Nashville record making with gusto, and anyone expecting a sequel to What a Crying Shame is going to feel let down. But the deep, twangy guitars of "Something Tells Me" and "Crying for You" call up the shade of Malo's most famous work, and though "Hello Again" and the title cut are more strongly pop-influenced, his soaring Roy Orbison-influenced vocals will certainly please anyone who loved the way he sounded on his hits with the group. Don't get the idea that Malo has turned away from the stylistic shape-shifting of his more recent discs; the easy swagger of "Moonlight Kiss" makes him sound like the lost member of the Rat Pack, he slinks through some slow supper club blues on "Ready for My Lovin'," delivers a lively Mex-Tex two step on "Lonely Hearts," and puts his heart on his sleeve with "So Beautiful," the love ballad that closes out the set. Producer Steve Berlin dresses these songs in clever arrangements that honor Malo's many musical moods and give the melodies a satisfying, emotionally honest core that holds this album together. Lucky One isn't the Mavericks, but it's closer to what made that band great than anything Malo has recorded in a while, and shows that he remains a great singer and powerfully imaginative musician regardless of the context.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/03/2009
Label:
Fantasy
UPC:
0888072308961
catalogNumber:
30896
Rank:
41508

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Raul Malo   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Theremin,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hammond B3
Steve Berlin   Percussion,Hammond Organ,Baritone Saxophone,Hammond B3
Dane Bryant   Piano,Keyboards,Melodica
Alan Miller   Background Vocals
Tim Womack   Background Vocals
Ben Graves   Harmonica,Piano,Alto Saxophone,Background Vocals
Wally Wilson   Background Vocals
John McTigue   Percussion,Drums
Jameson Sevits   Trumpet
Alan Miller   Background Vocals
Jay Weaver   Tuba,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals,Omnichord

Technical Credits

Anderson   Composer
Steve Berlin   Arranger,Producer,Horn Arrangements,Audio Production
Mike Bradley   Engineer
Raul Malo   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,Audio Production
Evan York   Composer
Alan Miller   Composer
Wally Wilson   Composer
Megan Thompson   grooming
Alan Miller   Composer
Jay Weaver   Composer
Evan York   Composer

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