Born To Be Blue
Label: The Valory Music Co., LLC
The Mavericks' effortless blend of Tex-Mex rhythms, rockabilly rev and country roots is as deliciously enigmatic as ever, anchored by the Orbison-esque vocals of frontman Raul Malo, undaunted here by the band's seven-year layoff. On opener "Back in Your Arms Again," he chastises himself as a "lovesick fool" for returning to an ungrateful lover, and if his ardent vocals don't snare you, the lively mariachi horns definitely will. Other highlights include the slithery noir beauty "Come Unto Me" and the positively chilling "(Call Me) When You Get to Heaven."