Reviewed by Raoul Hernandez, Fri., Dec. 24, 2004
The MavericksLive in Austin Texas (Sanctuary)
Ralo Malo's frozen, "We're filming a DVD" smile, his bad hair day, and big, black wardrobe malfunction (Fat Elvis collar) demonstrate the booby trap of live tapings: zero spontaneity. Two long hours' worth. Apparently, Nashvegas' creamy country pop quartet didn't fill Stubb's back yard in June either, making all those close-angle band shots claustrophobic. The imitation Austin City Limits backdrop reveals perhaps what the band was really hoping to tape. Ironically, the livelier audio edit, sold separately, is ACL-worthy.