You're Only Lonely

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Teaming with producer Peter Asher, master of lush but discreet country-pop productions, Raul Malo tackles some standards and near-standards, adds a stirring, self-penned Latin number, and works some interpretive brilliance on each and every tune. By the end of the disc, he's staked his own claim on songs that seem inextricably linked to their original purveyors. Malo, of course, possesses a big, bold, operatic tenor, but his real calling card is subtlety -- he can caress a lyric with a winsome delicacy unmatched by any other contemporary singer. And so he does in spectacular fashion here. For a sample of controlled passion of the most heart-wrenching order, check out the...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Teaming with producer Peter Asher, master of lush but discreet country-pop productions, Raul Malo tackles some standards and near-standards, adds a stirring, self-penned Latin number, and works some interpretive brilliance on each and every tune. By the end of the disc, he's staked his own claim on songs that seem inextricably linked to their original purveyors. Malo, of course, possesses a big, bold, operatic tenor, but his real calling card is subtlety -- he can caress a lyric with a winsome delicacy unmatched by any other contemporary singer. And so he does in spectacular fashion here. For a sample of controlled passion of the most heart-wrenching order, check out the crystalline fragility of his falsetto laments in Harry Nilsson's "Remember." Elation and melancholy stroll side by side throughout the album as Malo expertly explores the game of love from a variety of perspectives, one moment crying out an urgent Roy Orbison-like entreaty in "Games Lovers Play"; at another, belting out his heart's deepest longings in his self-penned "For You," a driving, Latin-flavored burner complete with frothy percussion, full-bodied chanting and sizzling string parts; and even offering up a stately, gospel-rooted take on Willie Nelson's "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground," dressed up by Asher in a Sunday arrangement complete with burbling organ and an all-female chorus. In a powerhouse display of duet vocalizing, Martina McBride joins Malo for a dramatic treatment of Randy Newman's poignant "Feels Like Home," their mesmerizing vocal trade-offs augmented by an a thunderous climactic arrangement that's a wash of cinematic strings and booming percussion. Malo even finds his own place in an understated piano bar treatment of Etta James's eternal "At Last." Awesome, in multiple dimensions.
All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Raul Malo's voice is one of the great natural resources of American music, and anyone familiar with his work with the Mavericks or as a solo act is already aware that the man can seemingly sing anything he puts his mind to and make it sound wonderful. However, in many ways You're Only Lonely feels like a concerted effort to present him in a new light to a new audience. Produced by Peter Asher, best known for his work with Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor, You're Only Lonely dials down the country and Latin accents that have long been a large part of Malo's music in favor of smooth and elaborate MOR-style arrangements (complete with a shimmering string section) and a set list dotted with such familiar classics as "At Last," "Tomorrow Night," and "Games That Lover's Play." (Malo does get to tear into a solid Cuban-style number here, "For You," and covers Willie Nelson's wonderful "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground," but there's no arguing that both numbers boast significantly more polish than they would have received on Malo's earlier projects.) Much as Linda Ronstadt's albums with arranger Nelson Riddle in the '80s (produced by Peter Asher) seemed designed to convince an older and more musically sophisticated audience that she was a "real" singer rather than just another rock & roll belter, You're Only Lonely plays as Malo's calling card to people wary of his country background, demonstrating he can sing supper club blues, standards and jazz-leaning ballads as well as anyone. Malo certainly handles this material with seasoned panache, his vocal chops are as solid as ever, and there are a few idiosyncratic but inspired song selections, including Harry Nilsson's nostalgic "Remember" and the early Bee Gees' hit "Run to Me." But for all the superlative craft displayed on You're Only Lonely, Asher's production has buffed most of the texture out of this music, and there's a sadly noticeable lack of passion in most of the performances; it's a collection of glorious surfaces that ring just a bit hollow, something you can't usually say about an album featuring Raul Malo.
Los Angeles Times - Randy Lewis
This is all about setting the mood for candlelight, Champagne and a cozy evening with the one you love -- or wish to.
San Francisco Chronicle - Joel Selvin
Malo's conviction and Asher's scrupulous production give the set a classic sound that stands outside time.

This is all about setting the mood for candlelight, Champagne and a cozy evening with the one you love -- or wish to.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/25/2006
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • UPC: 060768475229
  • Catalog Number: 84752
  • Sales rank: 29,599

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You're Only Lonely (4:24)
  2. 2 Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground (4:45)
  3. 3 Feels Like Home (4:35)
  4. 4 So Sad (4:20)
  5. 5 At Last (4:02)
  6. 6 Games That Lovers Play (3:42)
  7. 7 For You (3:59)
  8. 8 Secret Heart (3:11)
  9. 9 Run to Me (4:14)
  10. 10 Tomorrow Night (4:33)
  11. 11 Remember (3:49)
  12. 12 Feels Like Home (4:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Raul Malo Primary Artist, Guitar, Soloist
Robert Bailey Background Vocals
Charlie Bisharat Violin
David Campbell Conductor
Larry Corbett Celli
Chad Cromwell Drums
Joel Derouin Violin, Concert Master
Earl Dumler Oboe
Dan Dugmore Pedal Steel Guitar, Slide Guitar, Soloist
Armen Garabedian Violin
Berj Garabedian Violin
Kenny Greenberg Guitar, Soloist
Vicki Hampton Background Vocals
Andy Martin Trombone, Soloist
Gordon Mote Keyboards
Josefina Vergara Violin
Evan Wilson Viola
Glen Caruba Percussion
Natalie Leggett Violin
Glen Warf Bass
Sara Parkins Violin
David R. Stone Double Bass
Bob Becker Viola
Robert Chevrier Band
Eddie Perez Guitar
Steve Richards Celli
Kimberly Fleming Background Vocals
Tom Lewis Band
Mario de León Violin
Technical Credits
Willie Nelson Composer
Randy Newman Composer
Harry Nilsson Composer
Don Everly Composer
Robin Gibb Composer
Barry Gibb Composer
Peter Asher Producer
David Campbell Orchestral Arrangements
Larry Corbett Principal
Maurice Gibb Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Raul Malo Composer
George Massenburg Engineer, Mastering
J.D. Souther Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Evan Wilson Principal
Ron Sexsmith Composer
Jason Lehning Engineer
Eddie Snyder Composer
Beth Middleworth Art Direction
Sam Coslow Composer
Gunter Loose Composer
Alan Miller Composer
Vance Powell Engineer
Will Grosz Composer
Jay Ruston Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fabulous Album!

    Raul Malo has one of the most beautiful, expressive voices of anyone singing today. This album is one to turn up the volume, close your eyes and listen to the words and the way he sings them. His solo rendition of Feels Like Home and the song Remember are just amazing. All of the selections on this album are beautiful. It is an album you will listen to over and over again, and never be sorry you bought it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2012

    I love this album so much that I bought about ten of them as Chr

    I love this album so much that I bought about ten of them as Christmas gifts. I plan on buying more for other occasions. It's just gorgeous!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    superb!!

    Romantic and wonderful. Brought the finest of Willie and Roy Orbison, to Etta James together. Loved it...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely Beautiful!!!

    I could listen to him sing all day! He brings so much emotion to the music you can't help but feel every note.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Raul Malo hits his stride

    Raul Malo is the premier song stylist of his generation. With the beautifully produced "Your Only Lonely", Raul has finally put it all together with a terrific song selection, including a cover of J.D. Souther's haunting "Your Only Lonely". The CD is a wonderful selection of songs sung with heartbreaking reverence, as well as a deep understanding of the melody found within every song on the album. It is a flat-out brillant piece of work from one of the most under-appreciated artists of his time. The teardrop found inside his vocals carries the Etta James classic "At Last" into a league of his own. This album is one for the ages. Completely awesome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The finest male vocalist of this generation ...

    Raul Malo emerges from the now-defunct Mavericks with a ground-breaking release. The songs are some of his favorites and the emotions pour out of every cut. This is the true beginning of what will undoubtedly become a stellar solo career.

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