Lucky One

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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: 3/3/2009
  • Label: Fantasy
  • UPC: 888072308961
  • Catalog Number: 30896
  • Sales rank: 12,922

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lucky One (4:32)
  2. 2 Moonlight Kiss (4:16)
  3. 3 Something Tells Me (3:43)
  4. 4 Hello Again (3:29)
  5. 5 Ready for My Lovin' (4:41)
  6. 6 Crying for You (4:45)
  7. 7 You Always Win (3:26)
  8. 8 Lonely Hearts (3:17)
  9. 9 One More Angel (5:29)
  10. 10 Rosalie (4:51)
  11. 11 Haunting Me (4:18)
  12. 12 So Beautiful (4:49)
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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
Al Anderson Composer
Steve Berlin Arranger, Producer, Horn Arrangements, Audio Production
Mike Bradley Engineer
Raul Malo Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements, Audio Production
Dave McNair Mastering
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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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best solo effort yet!

    LOVE this cd - I am admittedly a devoted "Malo Mama," but even to me this is his best solo cd effort yet. If you loved the Mavericks' "Trampoline," this is the solo cd of Malo's to buy. Malo has this great masculine/sensitive voice, and his music is always melodic. . .makes me want to sing along and dance. . .and it's great for romance. . .! The title track sets the pace, and 'Moonlight Kiss' is fun. . .but my absolute fave is the second to the last track 'Haunting Me' - wow! I just love this. . .Malo always offers original material that is not run-of-the-mill, and on a Malo cd the tracks don't all sound the same as with some artists, it's more like Sergeant Pepper where each song has its own identity and mood.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The Mavericks Ride Again!

    Raul Malo has recaptured the sound of the Mavericks on most of the material here. His great voice, always a pleasure to hear, finds the ground that made him famous, and seems to love being there. This is his best solo CD since going it alone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of his best

    This is one of the best CD's from this artist. Love him...

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Muy Malo!

    Raul has such a great voice and just has that vinatge sound. His guitar playing is not fancy or flashy yet inspired. I have been playing this one daily since I bought it. Raul can break your heart or give you a much needed lift upward. I am going to get his back catalog of Maverick music just so I can hear that voice. Thanks for sharing Mr. Malo!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Raul Malo-Lucky One

    beautiful- this is sexy, soothing and exciting. love it all

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