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ALBUM REVIEW: The Mavericks – "Brand New Day"

Mono Mundo Recordings
"Brand New Day" is the latest album from The Mavericks.
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ALBUM REVIEW: The Mavericks - Brand New Day (Mono Mundo Recordings) 2017

It’s been kind of hard for me to write this review; I mean, what do you say when a record is such gorgeous perfection that you’re afraid that any amount of verbal bombast would be too much and too little at the same time when all that truly needs to be said is “¡Cómpralo ya!

On the latest release from the Mavericks, the swingin’ swagger of Raul Malo and company is firmly in check, with his suavecito croon and romantic words slow-dancing effortlessly with all those Chuck Berry-twangs and Tex-Mex horns and Tejano accordions and closing-time cantina rhythms, be it downing a couple of shots of tequila to get the fiesta started—like on the Deutschland-infused opener “Rolling Along”—or swigging the rest of the bottle to avoid going home—say goodnight with the singalong closer “For the Ages”— Brand New Day might be more of that old Mavericks sound, but whoo boy, what a sound it still is.

Malo’s golden throat, as stunningly operatic as ever, inflects and resurrects a long-forgotten sound that only he seems to traffic in these days, a divining rod that immediately finds the pure gold in every song, from the Glen Campbell-esque title cut, the 1950s prom-band eye-lash batting of “I Think of You,” the tasty little Cubano sandwich that is “Easy As It Seems” to the lush and sleepy cotillion closer “Goodnight Waltz,” my first inclination is to say they don’t write songs like this anymore, but here it is, ten tracks of living proof that they do and thank God for it.

For fans of classic Mavericks tunes like “All You Ever Do (Is Bring Me Down)” and “Dance the Night Away” will find pan dulce in the soundtrack-ready “Damned (If You Do)” and “Ride With Me,” dedicated to those beautiful senoritas who’ll slap you with one hand and caress your cheek with other.

Clocking in at just a little over 30 minutes, Brand New Day is a special kind of cool, an album that wonderfully whets the whistle before the boys show up in town again, performing live like no other modern day band really can or does.

I guess all that’s left to be said, that’s right, amigo…¡Cómpralo ya!

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