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  • Audio CD (7 April 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B000024R1M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,605 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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What A Crying Shame is more commercial and conventional than its debut predecessor, but every bit as enjoyable. Raul Malo has such a terrific voice that he can wear his broken heart on his sleeve without lapsing into self-pity. In fact, the very act of confessing his hurt seems to charge him with rocking excitement, especially when he gets a melodic hook as juicy as that on the title track or the Roy Orbison tribute, "I Should Have Been True". Trisha Yearwood sings harmony on the saloon ballad "Neon Blue" and the band turns Bruce Springsteen's "All That Heaven Will Allow" into the honky-tonk shuffle it was always meant to be. --Geoffrey Himes

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 May 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is arguably the most country of the Mavericks albums yet there are already hints of their desire to draw on other influences, as they do in later albums. Kostas who contributes a great deal of songs to a number of Dwight Yoakam albums co-writes 6 songs (4 with Raul Malo and one with legendary country songsmith Harlan Howard) Raul Malo's songwriting is also to the fore. He manages to retain simple lyrics (note 'Just A Memory', 'What a Crying Shame' and 'There Goes My Heart' without ever becoming trite. The album starts with 'There Goes My Jeart' which is reminiscent of some of Buck Owens work. There are leanings towards a sound of Buck Owens, Dwight Yoakam and even Roy Orbison ('What A Crying Shame', 'I Should Have Been True' and 'Oh What A Thrill' - the latter written by Jese Winchester) interspersed throughout the album. 'Pretend' sounds like a song that Dwight Yoakam could easily cover should he wish. 'The Things You said to me', demonstrates the Mavericks ability to switch effortlessly between musical styles showcasing a rockabilly style also demonstrated on the last song on the album 'The Losing Side of me'. For good measure they also include a great version of Bruce Springsteens 'All That Heaven Will Allow'. For me the standout song on the album is 'Neon Blue' co-written by Kostas and Pete Anderson - a traditional country heartbreaker. Incidentally, in the CD liner notes the background to the lyrics of 'Neon Blue' shows a poster of a heart with the words El Corazon underneath - is this where Steve Earle got the idea for his album title?
Overall a great mix of modern and traditional sounds completely interwoven. An excellent album and one I would thoroughly recommend.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jm Leven on 8 July 2008
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This is pretty well my best of the Mavericks, the one album that's got all my favourite tracks. If you like early Roy Orbison you'll love this. What a singer Raul Malo is! Sort of retro, but not; sort of country but more. What more can I say? Tears, Speechless! (private joke)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 1 Jun. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Two of the founder members of Mavericks were fans of traditional country music from Florida who knew that they had to play a different style of music to make a living. Their early albums, including this one, were clearly influenced by traditional country but not limited by it. While there are traditional instrument here including fiddle and steel guitar, the credits also include congas, tambourine, organ and other non-country instruments. Nevertheless, the overall feel of this album is country and should please all but the most die-hard traditionalists.
With Raul Malo's superb voice and classic songs such as the title track and There goes my heart, this became (and has remained) their most successful album in America. Most of the songs are originals but the album includes fine cobers of O what a thrill (Jesse Winchester) and All that heaven will allow (Bruce Springsteen). Other highlights include Neon blue (with Trisha Yearwood on backing vocals), Pretend and I should have been true.
Although my favorite Mavericks album is the one that followed this (Music for all occasions) and the one after that (Trampoline) provided the Mavericks with a huge new British fan base, I rate this album very highly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By annamarie on 5 Mar. 2013
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I'd recommend this cd to anyone who loves music - every song is perfectly done. it's a joy. Raul Malo hits every note perfectly.He also has the ability to make me smile, which says it all when listening to music, he touches your heart.
Worth buying. Thank you The Mavericks - they never disappoint.
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By GlynLuke TOP 100 REVIEWER on 15 Jun. 2015
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With its moodily smart front and back covers and general air of dignified, gentrified yet downhome C&W, this is most definitely The Mavericks' country album.
If all that sounds like they've reined in their trademark upbeat lack of pomposity for something less vibrant, less joyous - well, they haven't really, it's all still here, only in a more reflective, more 'sober' country-ballad way.
Raul Malo's singing is as ever utterly lovely (what a very fine singer this man is, doesn't get enough credit, however popular they are) and he sings songs such as It Should Have Been True and the strong opener There Goes My Heart with all the Latin-inflected intensity we know and love him for. The Roy Orbison of modern country music? Not far off.
The first uptempo number is the doo-wop-ish fifth track The Things You Said To Me, which is great fun, with its deft guitar solo. They even do fine and dandy versions of Springsteen's All That Heaven Will Allow (a nicely unpredictable choice) and Jesse Winchester's O What a Thrill.
Mavericks favourite Trisha Yearwood sings backup with Raul on the pretty, midtempo ballad Neon Blue, another delight on a record full of them.
While this 1994 album isn't quite as varied as, say, the later Trampoline, it's still The Mavericks at their impassioned best.
And now I see they've reformed - always good to have you around, guys...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gail Bolger on 15 Jan. 2014
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I was already a fan and used this opportunity to buy something from their back catalogue, Raul,s voice is always amazing
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 24 April 2014
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Love the Mavericks, bought 2 of his C.D.'s to add to my collection. Music is easy to listen to and relax to
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By alf white on 30 Sept. 2014
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Brilliant recommend
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