Published: February 15, 2013 05:46PM
Updated: February 15, 2013 05:46PM

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 exponentially 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. Grade: A

CD • Atoms For Peace — which takes its name from an 1953 Eisenhower speech about the threats and benefits of atomic warfare — has been called a supergroup for its assemblage of well-known musicians such as Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, drummer Joey Waronker of Beck & R.E.M and Brazilian percussionist Mauro Refosco, who has toured with the Peppers, Brian Eno and Byrne. But the two dominant stars, from which the debut album “Amok” takes shape, are Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke (with his signature falsetto simmering and soaring to evocative effect) and longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich. The electronic tracks sound much like out-takes from recent Radiohead sessions except for one crucial and pleasing element: these songs are songs, rather than Radiohead’s electronic experiments that even Miles Davis would find self-indulgent. These synth-heavy songs, with the blend of the explorative nature of electronica and craftsmanship of rock, make this collection hauntingly hypnotic. Grade: B+