- Released: March 2, 2009
- Label: Fantasy
Entertainment Weekly - p.73
"He's among the last of a breed: a country stylist with finesse and brawn in equal measure, turning his laments into bittersweet valentines." -- Grade: B+
Dirty Linen - p.62
"Besides being blessed with a beautiful tenor that sometimes sounds very similar to Roy Orbison's and having a knack for twangy guitar riffs, Malo is keen on strong melodies..."
Q (Magazine) - p.1073 stars out of 5
-- "[With] some spot-on period arrangements, with top marks going to the infectious title track and Roy Orbison-styled ballad 'Crying For You.'"
- 1.Lucky One
- 2.Moonlight Kiss
- 3.Something Tells Me
- 4.Hello Again
- 5.Ready for My Lovin'
- 6.Crying for You
- 7.You Always Win
- 8.Lonely Hearts
- 9.One More Angel
- 11.Haunting Me
- 12.So Beautiful
Personnel: Raul Malo (vocals, guitar, keyboards, drums, percussion, Theremin, background vocals); Ben Graves (harmonica, alto saxophone, piano, background vocals); Dane Bryant (melodica, piano, keyboards); Steve Berlin (baritone saxophone, percussion); John McTigue (drums, percussion); Alan Miller, Wally Wilson, Tim Womack (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Evan York; Mike Bradley.
Recording information: The Sound Shop Studios, Nashville, TN.
Photographer: Kristin Barlowe.
Arrangers: Raul Malo; Steve Berlin.
After leaving The Mavericks, Raul Malo turned his larger-than-life pipes towards everything from low-key crooning to jumping, jazzy swing on a series of solo albums, but LUCKY ONE finds him finally moving back into more Mavericks-oriented territory. Perhaps he needed to get some things out of his system before revisiting the combination of '50s-style honky-tonk, country-pop, and Roy Orbison-esque balladry that twangs and shuffles its way through LUCKY ONE; whatever the reason, he sounds right at home belting out these tunes, even with no Mavericks in sight.