No Depression - p.118
"The intimate, intense vocals, smoothly understated arrangements, and Asher's knowing production create total cohesion."
Personnel: Raul Malo (guitar); Eddie Perez, Kenny Greenberg (guitar); Dan Dugmore (slide guitar); Mario de Le¢n, Joel Derouin, Natalie Leggett, Sara Parkins, Armen Garabedian, Josefina Vergara, Berj Garabedian, Charlie Bisharat (violin); Evan Wilson, Bob Becker (viola); Earl Dumler (oboe); Andy Martin (trombone); Gordon Mote (keyboards); David R. Stone (double bass); Chad Cromwell (drums); Glen Caruba (percussion); Kimberly Fleming, Vicki Hampton, Robert Bailey (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: George Massenburg.
Recording information: Blackbird Studios, Nashville, TN; Oceanway Studios, Nashville, TN; The Park Studios, Studio City, CA.
Photographers: Kristin Barlowe; Beth Middleworth.
Though he's commonly associated with country music, Mavericks vocalist Raul Malo has always been more Roy Orbison than Roy Acuff. On his third solo album, his bravura, near-operatic tenor is as full of drama as ever, as he tackles tunes from both the country world (Willie Nelson's "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground") and the pop plane (Ron Sexsmith's "Secret Heart," the Bee Gees' "Run To Me"). The incandescent flame he lights under the title tune (a J.D. Souther '70s pop hit) makes it clear that Malo's got the kind of voice that truly transcends genre--a singer's singer of the highest order.