Review: The Mavericks In Time (Valory/Big Machine)

Mar 1, 2013 7:54 PM, By Barbara Schultz


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The Mavericks' first studio album in a decade, In Time, is as euphoric as any of the alt-country group's early albums, and exhibits many of the same musical influences: Tex-Mex/Latin folk and pop, Roy Orbison-esque balladry, rockabilly and surf guitars. Their arrangements on this record, which include tender, delicate string orchestrations and more complex horn parts are more effective and better executed than ever.

Every track has loads of heart, power and tension, not to mention frontman Raul Malo's glorious, versatile voice: one of the most under-appreciated instruments under the sun. Listeners who enjoyed the Mavs in their first or second decade will love what they've done this time.

Producers: Raul Malo and Niko Bolas. Recorded and mixed by Niko Bolas, Chris Rowe, and Nathan Yarborough. Mastered by Richard Dodd.

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