You're Only Lonely CD
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MP3 Music, July 25, 2006
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Raul Malo has the voice of an angel. It's a cross between Roy Orbison and Chris Isaak, with a little bit of Andrea Bocelli in the mix. What's not to like? Read morePublished 5 months ago by Russ Smith
Purchased this based on positive reviews on Amazon, but found the CD lifeless and over-produced. Songs are rather down and sung in a lifeless, totally uninspiring way. Read morePublished 8 months ago by MDO - NJ
I love Raul. This album is no let down. He has a style and a voice like no other. If you love the Mavericks you will love Raul's album even more. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Star