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Review: The Mavericks back with smooth new album ‘Mono’ (Includes first-hand account)

It was released on February 17, via their record label, The Valory Music Group, an imprint of the Big Machine Label Group.

Their album opens with the piercing “All Night Long” and lead singer Raul Malo knocks it out of the park. It is followed by the mid-tempo “Summertime (When I’m With You),” which features strong harmonies from the band. “Pardon Me” ought to be enjoyed for Malo’s rich vocals and distinct melody.

“What Am I Supposed To Do” is more mellow and “Stories We Could Tell” is upbeat and fun. “What You Do To Me” is fast-paced and a solid choice for a future radio single. “Let It Rain (On Me)” is a well-crafted, soothing ballad, while “The Only Question Is” has a retro bluesy vibe to it. “Out The Door” has soaring harmonies from The Mavericks.

“(Waiting For) The World To End” is a tune that their listeners can sing along to due to its catchy chorus. “Fascinate Me” is a gorgeous love ballad that displays Malo’s crystalline voice. It closes with the feel-good “Nitty Gritty.”

The Verdict

Overall, The Mavericks impress with Mono. It is filled with songs that their audience would want to get up and slow dance to. These songs will certainly translate well in their live show’s set-list. Their new CD garners 4 out of 5 stars.

For more information on country vocal group The Mavericks and Mono, check out their official website.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 21,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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