RELEASE
1994
LABEL
MCA
GENRES
Country, Country-Rock, Contemporary Country, Neo-Traditionalist Country, Americana, New Traditionalist

Album Review

The Mavericks fully hit their stride with their third album, 1994's What a Crying Shame, in which the band's blend of rootsy country and vintage pop sounds finally found the balance they'd been searching for. While producer Don Cook gave the band a significantly glossier sound than that of their first two albums, with a hefty number of guest musicians (and guest songwriters) on board, remarkably enough the Mavericks' personality wasn't subsumed in the process; if anything, the high-priced help seemed to have prodded the boys into playing at the top of their game. Raul Malo's keening tenor gets a superb workout on "I Should Have Been True" and the title cut (the latter of which boasts a guitar hook Roger McGuinn would have been proud to come up with), while "Pretend" and "There Goes My Heart" are honky tonk floor-fillers of the first order. Robert Reynolds and Paul Deakin are a rhythm section who can give these songs the nervy drive of a rock band without betraying the Mavericks' country leanings, and they give the covers of "All That Heaven Will Allow" and "O What a Thrill" a taut foundation most contemporary Nashville acts lack. Truth to tell, What a Crying Shame doesn't have a single dud track, and offers encouraging proof that it's still possible to make an engaging and idiosyncratic country album while signed to the Nashville division of a major label...and the best news is, the band managed to turn that accomplishment into a hat trick over the next few years.
Mark Deming, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. There Goes My Hearthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/there-goes-my-heart/id308486?i=308484&uo=5
  2. What a Crying Shamehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/what-a-crying-shame/id308486?i=308464&uo=5
  3. Pretendhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/pretend/id308486?i=308466&uo=5
  4. I Should Have Been Truehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/i-should-have-been-true/id308486?i=308468&uo=5
  5. The Things You Said to Mehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-things-you-said-to-me/id308486?i=308470&uo=5
  6. Just a Memoryhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/just-a-memory/id308486?i=308472&uo=5
  7. All That Heaven Will Allowhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/all-that-heaven-will-allow/id308486?i=308474&uo=5
  8. Neon Bluehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/neon-blue/id308486?i=308476&uo=5
  9. O What a Thrillhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/o-what-a-thrill/id308486?i=308482&uo=5
  10. Ain't Found Nobodyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/aint-found-nobody/id308486?i=308478&uo=5
  11. The Losing Side of Mehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-losing-side-of-me/id308486?i=308480&uo=5
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