Mono by The Mavericks continues their tradition of heavy hitting, infectious, Latin-infused pop. I think what amazes me so much about The Mavericks in general and this album in particular is that Raul Malo's adds so much gravitas, so much calm confidence, that the pop songs don't seem like pop music at all. He turns these songs into living, breathing, emotional anthems. The backing band creates a huge sound stage in your mind that creates lots of room for Malo's vocals while carrying your feet along with the rhythm section. Their music is a marvel and enjoyable all at once. The Mono album is, in fact, recorded in mono. That is, a single channel of music in both ears instead of a left and right channel to create a stereo effect. So far I have not read any statements from the band about why they decided to do this. I suspect it's because they wanted to prove they could. The band is so skilled in their arrangements, Malo is such a presence with his voice, they can still sweep you away with that big stage sound even if the music is being squeezed through a mono channel. And yes, they succeed in doing just that.
I'm adding "All Night Long," "Summertime (When I'm With You)," "What You Do To Me," "Let It Rain (On Me)," "The Only Question Is," and "Nitty Gritty" to rotation.
- "All Night Long" is featured on Americana Music Show #232.
- "Summertime (When I'm With You)" is featured on Americana Music Show #233.
Preview Mono by The Mavericks on Amazon.