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  • Summary: The covers release from the country rock band features songs originally made famous by such artists as Bruce Springsteen, Waylon Jennings, and Elvis Presley and includes a guest appearance from Martina McBride.
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  • Record Label: Mono Mundo Recordings
  • Genre(s): Country, Americana, Pop/Rock, Contemporary Country, New Traditionalist, Country-Rock, Neo-Traditionalist Country, Progressive Country, Retro-Rock
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
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  1. Nov 19, 2019
    80
    Look closely at the repertoire here. It’s emblematic of the Mavericks approach – classic country, Sun Records, Tejano, ’50s and ‘60s R&B, pop, and contemporary rock. It’s especially remarkable given Malo’s Cuban American heritage but that too has been part of their genre-agnostic approach that has served them well for 30 years, and maybe never better than the way they sound here.
  2. 80
    Even if this is a stopgap release to buy time for writing new material, it’s a cool, fun and even informative set that’s as entertaining as the rest of the band’s work.
  3. Nov 19, 2019
    70
    While the majority of all-cover releases feel like a holding action while the band comes up with new ideas, Play the Hits sounds like their music through and through, even if someone else wrote the material.
  4. Nov 19, 2019
    60
    Though not as great as their last few albums of all original songs, Play The Hits is still a fun holdover until the band comes back with another record.