Album Remarks & Appraisals:
2009 release from the former leader of The Mavericks. Lucky One is his first album of original material in seven years. Drawing on his deep love of Country, Rock, Jazz and Latin music. Malo displays not only his eclectic taste but a crystal clear voice unmatched by any other singer today. 11 tracks including the first single 'Hello Again'.
Entertainment Weekly (p.73) - "He's among the last of a breed: a country stylist with finesse and brawn in equal measure, turning his laments into bittersweet valentines." -- Grade: B+
Dirty Linen (p.62) - "Besides being blessed with a beautiful tenor that sometimes sounds very similar to Roy Orbison's and having a knack for twangy guitar riffs, Malo is keen on strong melodies..."
Q (Magazine) (p.107) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[With] some spot-on period arrangements, with top marks going to the infectious title track and Roy Orbison-styled ballad 'Crying For You.'"
Personnel: Raul Malo (vocals, guitar, keyboards, drums, percussion, Theremin, background vocals); Ben Graves (harmonica, alto saxophone, piano, background vocals); Dane Bryant (melodica, piano, keyboards); Steve Berlin (baritone saxophone, percussion); John McTigue (drums, percussion); Alan Miller, Wally Wilson, Tim Womack (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Evan York; Mike Bradley.
Recording information: The Sound Shop Studios, Nashville, TN.
Photographer: Kristin Barlowe.
Arrangers: Raul Malo; Steve Berlin.
After leaving The Mavericks, Raul Malo turned his larger-than-life pipes towards everything from low-key crooning to jumping, jazzy swing on a series of solo albums, but LUCKY ONE finds him finally moving back into more Mavericks-oriented territory. Perhaps he needed to get some things out of his system before revisiting the combination of '50s-style honky-tonk, country-pop, and Roy Orbison-esque balladry that twangs and shuffles its way through LUCKY ONE; whatever the reason, he sounds right at home belting out these tunes, even with no Mavericks in sight.