Lucky One CD (2009)

Artist: Raul Malo

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Raul Malo's Fantasy Records label debut album, Lucky One, finds him fully shedding his musical shackles. "I have been fighting my whole life against people who want to pigeonhole music. I feel like I've got no restrictions anymore." Malo is known for his work as the frontman of the Grammy Award-winning, globally platinum- and gold-certified band the Mavericks. Following two albums of covers, Lucky One is Malo's first album original material in seven years.

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Label Fantasy Records/concord Jazz
SKU 210679661
UPC 888072308961
UPC 14 00888072308961
Format CD
Release Date 3/3/2009
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Author Raul Malo
Artist Bio
Raul MaloOn Lucky One, his first album of original material in seven years, Raul Malo has shed his musical shackles."I have been fighting my whole life against people who want to pigeonhole music. We fought that in the Mavericks. I feel like I've got no restrictions anymore," the Grammy winner says. "I'm not really writing for any specific genre. I feel like I can do whatever I want."Clearly, followers of Malo's eclectic career -- both with the Mavericks and after -- know he's always chafed at placing any confines on music. Or, as he laughingly confesses, "If most people do what I've done in my career, they'd be driving a taxi by now."However, a talent as mighty as Malo's simply can't be denied. His glorious voice has been rapturously described by The New York Times as "exceptional" and The Wall Street Journal as "exquisite." Its crystal purity is simply unmatched by any other singer's today.And a voice like his deserves a loving, sturdy melody to wrap itself around. Although completely contemporary, the music on Lucky One recalls the great tunes of the '50s, '60s and '70s, made famous by Malo's musical heroes like Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Merle Haggard and Buck Owens.The songs on his Fantasy Records debut range from the silly to the sublime, by Malo's own design, and draw on his deep love of country, rock, jazz and Latin music. "Moonlight Kisses" features a playful male chorus and a snazzy tuba (!!), while songs such as "One More Angel" and "Rosalie" take on gut wrenching loss of life.In an often coarse world, Malo wants to inject a little class: "As a culture, we've lost our poetry, we've lost our nuance. There's nothing subtle or implied about anything," he says. Equally, he wants to mark a return to melody: "I've always listened to melody first and, then, if the lyric is equal to the melody, that's a great song," Malo says. "Listen to "Tracks of My Tears," "My Girl," any Stevie Wonder song...I don't hear instantly recognizable melodies anymore. I'm a singer. There's not too many singers out there, that's why I still hold on to melodies."
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Artist Malo,Raul
Music Format Compact Disc

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