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You're Only Lonely CD

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Titled You're Only Lonely, the album pairs Raul Malo with producer Peter Asher (James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Billy Joel) and delivers the listener a timeless collection of some of Malo's favorite compositions, along with one original.

As the frontman for the Mavericks and a member of Los Super Seven, Raul Malo has applied his Orbison-like delivery to an eclectic array of material. On this, his latest solo effort, the warbler enlists veteran producer Peter Asher to focus on romantic balladry, as string-laden arrangements surround Malo's tremulous voice on the opening title track (a '70s hit for songwriter J.D. Souther) and the soaring "Feels Like Home" (reprised as the closer in a duet with Martina McBride). The song selection highlights Malo's vocal range, as he finds the bittersweet essence in a slowed-down rendition of the Everly Brothers' "So Sad," a dramatic reading of the Bee Gees' "Run to Me," and a lilting take on Ron Sexsmith's "Secret Heart." He even tackles Etta James's signature tune, "At Last," its jazzy, smoky sophistication punctuated by a trumpet solo. The cover of Willie Nelson's "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground" provides the album's main link to country, but even here the bedrock organ and soul choir sound closer to the church than the roadhouse. The stellar selection provides a superb showcase for Malo's shimmering voice. --Don McLeese

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. You're Only Lonely
  2. Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground
  3. Feels Like Home
  4. So Sad
  5. At Last
  6. Games That Lovers Play
  7. For You
  8. Secret Heart
  9. Run To Me
  10. Tomorrow Night
  11. Remember
  12. Feels Like Home

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 28, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B000G1R37G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,490 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Stanton VINE VOICE on August 1, 2006
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Another departure from the Mavericks front man! This time he is delivering some older songs for our listening pleasure.
And a pleasure it is indeed.
Working with Peter Asher and using his own style and wonderful voice, Raul gives us his versions of some great music. I have to admit I was a bit hesitant about this project because most of these songs I love dearly, especiall 'At Last'.
However, I soon realized that there was nothing to worry about. His version of 'At Last' could easily become a classic. It's bare bones subtle, played straight with a lean toward tex-mex/country but not too much.
'You're Only Lonely', a JD Souther classic, 'Feels Like Home', very well done by Linda Ronstadt, and 'Remember' by Harry Nillsson are all great covers. But then this whole CD is done exceptionally well.
'You're Only Lonely' is done on a blue note as it should, with a wistful feeling. 'Feels Like Home' is on here twice. Once solo and once with Martina McBride. This song is easily carried out as a duet, but I prefer the solo version myself. But each are done well. 'So Sad', an Emmylou Harris tune, is carried out very nicely here.
His version of 'Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground' (a Willie Nelson song) is captivating. It starts soft and tender and finishes on a full, gospel style note. But it's his version of 'Remember' (A Harry Nilsson song) that really caught my ear. Raul makes this song poetic, wrapping the words over mental images. He keeps it mournful and romantic where Nilsson took the song into starry skies. 'Tomorrow Night' is an amazing throwback into a country/rock/doo wop mix... excellent!
But it's 'Run To Me' that really stands out here. An older Bee Gee's song (Pre-disco) that is very poingnant, he breathes new life into it.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 5, 2006
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"Raul Malo sees only a fine line between rock & roll, country, and salsa rhythms. Because he loves all kinds of music and doesn't like classifying tunes into set genres, his music will undoubtedly continue to slip in and out of the various rhythms, crossing cultures, and blurring musical boundaries." Malo bio.

Raul Malo voice on this CD is enough to melt even the most hardened heart. His voice is the melody on wings that flies straight to your heart. "You're Only Lonely" is about "LOVE", old love, new love, the love games men and women play, the pain of love, love lost, love remembered, love found, love songs, and love for a soul mate. It is one of the most romantic of CD's and for new love it is a must. For love that is lost, it is a soulful reflection.

Raul Malo is of Cuban derivation and born in Miami. When he became part of the group "The Mavericks', he brought his Latin roots, country rhythm and bits of rock 'n roll into the scene. They had great success and now Raul Malo is branching out on his own. This CD finds a range of old songs from many well known singers and song writers and one new song that Raul Malo wrote that "will knock your socks off".

"You're Only Lonely" is an old JD Souther song. This song brings the comparison of Malo's voice to Roy Orbison. Raul Malo has a smoother, richer voice and this from, me, a true Orbison fan. The full band brings this song to new heights.

"Angel Flying To Close To The Ground"- Willie Nelson's song has never been sung with such tenderness and love.

"Feels Like Home" Randy Newman's lovely song comes to life with Raul Malo in his single rendition, and then to even greater heights with Martina McBride, one of the magnificent duets of this year.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By antqueen on July 26, 2006
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Take the earthy hunkiness of Elvis, add the intelligent sensibilities of the Beatles, the white-hot cool soul of Orbison, and top it off with Latin passion, and you have a man named Raul Malo. Since leaving the Mavericks he has shown his prowess in a variety of musical genres and this record gives us his sultry interpretation of many "old" favorites. You will never get glassy over-produced sound with Raul Malo, instead you will get the combination of technique and humanity that defines music! Working with Peter Asher, he has created a set of recordings of talented musicians so precise sometimes you can hear them make eye contact with each other. Any recording from Raul Malo is worth its weight in gold. His voice never disappoints~!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By C. Segal on July 26, 2006
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Sadly, the Mavericks are no more. Eddie Perez is delighting Dwight Yoakam fans with his well-placed guitar licks; Paul Deakin and Robert Reynolds are also involved in other projects. The Mavericks were warmly embraced in 2003 after a five-year hiatus pursuing solo outings. Theirs should have been a permanent reunion but growth spurts and a limp marketing campaign helped snuff out that possibility.

Record company snafus also held up Raul Malo's second solo recording, "You're Only Lonely," for a year after it was completed. (Besides his involvement with Los Super Seven's last two recordings, Raul added his vocals to Nashville Acoustic Sessions, mostly Americana covers of old and new folk and rock songs, and has contributed to various tribute albums throughout his career. Not to mention producing Rick Trevino and KT Oslin.) In the interim, impatient listeners have been gobbling up an indie-produced live release featuring the very talented Robert Cheverier on piano, only available at Raul's performances.

Raul released "Today" in 2001, a collection of Cuban-flavored English and Spanish songs, with a couple of standards thrown in for good measure. This outing, "You're Only Lonely" features mostly selections by other songwriters that Raul gives his signature stylings to. For those who love the Cuban influence, one original, "For You" is a dervish of a dance tune that highlights Raul's broad strokes on love.

On this album, Raul does some genre-hopping in the songs he chooses to interpret. While "Feels Like Home" and "Remember" don't really test his enormous vocal range, they stick in your heart quietly, longingly.
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