In Time

In Time

Ten years after their last studio album, The Mavericks returned with 2013's In Time, a brilliant showcase that proves classic sounds and timeless songwriting never go out of fashion. Singer Raul Malo leads things with his Elvis Presley/Roy Orbison–like command of the vocal mic, while his Nashville folks back him with a musical vocabulary that can play anything with spirit and inspiration. Right from the Tex-Mex keyboard-inspired "Back in Your Arms Again," the band is so well-oiled that the song slides across the dance floor. "Lies" (not The Knickerbockers' garage rock hit) cruises along despite its heartbreak and betrayal. "Born to Be Blue"—which sounds like it's from a lost Roy Orbison album—could have been recorded five decades ago if not for the added fidelity of a full-spectrum stereo mix, where every instrument is in focus but still part of the blend. "All Over Again" throws mariachi and ska together in one quick punch. The reverb is thick and real for "Come Unto Me," which recalls surf rock and spaghetti westerns. The Mavericks' natural abilities make everything sound effortless. 

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