Out-of-print in the US. Alternative country rocker's 1992 album for MCA. Ten tracks including, 'Mr. Jones', 'The End of the Line' & 'Excuse Me (I Think I've Got a Heartache)'.
Few country artists of the 1990s have been able to meld a pronounced pop sensibility with the core elements of classic country as effectively as Miami's Mavericks. Their 1992 major-label debut displays a band mature well beyond its years, one not afraid of either tantalizing melodies or country music history. Here the Mavericks reprise four tunes from their eponymous indie debut
and toss in four new Raul Malo originals along with covers of Hank Williams
(a lackluster "Hey Good Lookin'") and Buck Owens
(a much more engaging "Excuse Me"). Their deft mix of old-school honky-tonk, Orbison
esque sob stories, and punchy modern country-rock serves notice of a band with enormous commercial and artistic potential. --Marc Greilsamer