TheMavericks.InTime

Album Review: The Mavericks / In Time

By: Cathy Rockwell

(Release date: February 26, 2013 By Yep Roc Records)

The Mavericks have returned with their much anticipated studio album after an eight-year absence. The band, formed in Miami, Florida back in 1989, came onto the country/rock music scene with a bang. Their unique sound quickly earned them a large and diverse fan base. With In Time, the Grammy-award winning group has released their seventh full-length album. The band members are Cuban-American singer-songwriter Raul Malo, multi-instrumentalist Robert Reynolds, drummer Paul Deakin, guitarist Eddie Perez and keyboardist Jerry Dale McFadden.

The first track, “Back in Your Arms Again,” is the perfect introduction to the long-awaited new album.  The lead features robust Latin horns and a twangy guitar. The honky-tonk sound works well. The second song, “Lies,” continues the upbeat sound of the first track without a sign of slowing down. The bluesy/rock guitar followed by the hard energetic drums keeps the rhythm at a fast country-rock pace.

“Born to Be Blue” is Roy Orbison pop. Malo’s voice is classic and dramatic. The song makes you want to grab a partner and start dancing. “Come Unto Me” is one of those Mexican-western movie songs with the mariachi-trumpets and catchy rhythms. It would have fit in perfectly in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained soundtrack.

“In Another’s Arms” is a romantic waltz that features the hypnotizing crooning of Malo’s, a formula for a hit on the adult contemporary charts. “Fall Apart” is a fun upbeat tune with a mix of accordion, trumpet and drums that work well together.

“All Over Again” has the original Maverick’s sound that can be heard all the way back to their first album. The unique Mexican trumpet and the classic western electric guitar keep up the tempo throughout the song. It may be the number seven song on the album, but it’s definitely a tune that radio stations need to have hit the airways.

“Forgive Me” is the second waltz of the album.  The music is mesmerizing and Malo’s voice is nothing less than mesmerizing.  “Amsterdam Moon” is a hidden gem with Spanish/Italian keyboards. “That’s Not My Name” takes us back to a 1950s Saturday night country-dance sound.

“As Long as There’s Loving Tonight” is a rockin’ tune that has a swing-time Tex-Mex jukebox feel to it. “Dance in the Moonlight” is Brazilian bossa nova with a unique fusion of jazz and samba.

“(Call Me) When You Get to Heaven” lasts a little over eight minutes, but the angelic and passionate ballad that is accompanied by the emotional and beautiful guitar, keyboards, vocals and backup vocals of The McCrary Sisters, make it worth every minute.

The last track, “Ven Hacia Mi,” translates to “Come Unto Me” in Spanish. This adds extra Latin flavor to this masterful album.

The album is simply amazing and Maverick fans will surely not be disappointed.  One of the great things about this multi-music genre album is it has the perfect mix of old and new sounds. The band stays true to their roots and yet explore newer areas in impeccable and flawless fashion.

This is one of those albums in which every song could be a hit. The album was worth the wait and a fantastic collaboration of very talented musicians and songwriters. I am very glad the band has reunited and back doing what they do best.

For more information: http://www.themavericksband.com/

Photo copyright: The Valory Music Co.


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Cathy Rockwell is currently pursuing her second Master’s Degree — this one in Homeland Security. She earned her first Master of Arts Degree in writing in 2011. She has been a freelance writer for the Gainesville Examiner and INsite Magazine, covering movies, concerts, album reviews and the theater. She’s has also worked as an event planner and in the music business doing various jobs in New England and California. Her passion has always been music of all types. She listens to everything from Beethoven to the Rolling Stones. She’s attended concerts since she was 13 years old and is a supporter of local musicians.

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