Raul Malo (music group)

The Mavericks' 'Mono' resonates

The Mavericks' 'Mono' resonates

The conceit on the Mavericks' second album since regrouping in 2012 following a long hiatus is that they've taken their timeless, pan-genre sound back into the studio and mixed everything monaural, putting "Mono" in line sonically as well as stylistically with many of the band members' favorite vintage recordings.

It opens with the seductive "All Night Long," another tune reflecting lead singer and chief songwriter Raul Malo's Cuban heritage. His songs are lyrically simple yet emotionally and sonically resonant enough to envision listeners being drawn in even if they don't know the language.

The Mavericks delve into the myriad dimensions of love —...