The title track of the Mavericks' first studio set on their own Mono/Mundo label refers to a lover pledging devotion to an old flame with the lyrics "I don't want to live like a ghost from the past." For those following this act from over a quarter century ago, those words can just as well refer to the unique brand of music the basic foursome (now expanded with "The Fantastic Four" backing) has shifted to over the decades. Traces of any traditional country that once informed the Mavericks' always diverse style, have gradually been erased, especially after its 2012 reunion. They have been replaced with an intoxicating fusion of ska, polka, waltz time, Cuban, Tex-Mex, tangos, cha-cha, Latin and even sweeping, retro inflected pop.
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