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November 11, 2006

Raul Malo @ Roxy: November 8, 2006

The only time I've ever seen chairs set up at the Roxy is when Raul Malo performs, which works for his mellow, romantic style. Unfortunately, they did not work for Raul's opener Mother Superior, whose loud aggressiveness was quite a contrast to Raul's melodiousness. (Side note: Mother Superior is the most recent recipient of the Faith Hill Award for Poor Sportsmanship, for having allegedly made fun of him as they were loading out their equipment).

Like his latest solo album You're Only Lonely Raul's set was very ballad-driven, showcasing the smooth purity of his voice, but occasionally feeling a little sleepy. It was the kind of show to attend with your significant other. Raul's set list included mostly stuff from You're Only Lonely (which is largely an album of covers), and a handful of Mavericks staples like "O What a Thrill", "Dance the Night Away," and "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down."

Not a show that'll get you all wound up, but a calm, lovely night of very romantic music.

Posted by darlin at November 11, 2006 5:26 PM