The Mavericks reunite to make perfect album

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Grade • A

CD • Good times are here again, indeed. The reason is that The Mavericks have reunited after no new albums for nearly a decade, and the new album, "In Time," resurrects the best ingredients of the "country" band that began in Miami and embraced a style that not only honored Buck Owens and Patsy Cline but incorporated Tex-Mex as well as dynamic Cuban rhythms.

Front and center is one of the best singers in any genre of music — the powerful Raul Malo — and while not all the subject matter is 100 percent unbridled optimism, the music certainly is, with an explosion of danceable sound that turns the two-step into infinite steps.

The mood is electric, the band sounds not just refreshed but rejuvenated. Song such as "Back in Your Arms Again," "As Long as There's Loving Tonight" and "Dance in the Moonlight" reveal the fun romance of country music, and the only shame is that this was released after Valentine's Day.

But here's a soundtrack for the rest of the year, as well as Valentine's Day 2014. —

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