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Without identifying who it was, Isaak made his mood clear with Forever Blue by including a farewell letter in the liner notes to the lover who had dumped him. Kicking things off with the snaky, almost guttural "Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing," later made a theme song for Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, Isaak lives up to the confused, fractured message in that letter, turning Forever Blue into his own exorcism. On the one hand, he doesn't sound any less impassioned than before, but on the other, those who have criticized him for seeming to concentrate on the surface of his influences rather than the depths would probably find themselves outfoxed here. There's a stronger energy ...
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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Without identifying who it was, Isaak made his mood clear with Forever Blue by including a farewell letter in the liner notes to the lover who had dumped him. Kicking things off with the snaky, almost guttural "Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing," later made a theme song for Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, Isaak lives up to the confused, fractured message in that letter, turning Forever Blue into his own exorcism. On the one hand, he doesn't sound any less impassioned than before, but on the other, those who have criticized him for seeming to concentrate on the surface of his influences rather than the depths would probably find themselves outfoxed here. There's a stronger energy and fiercer edge to the music, as moodily beautiful as ever, to be sure, but cutting just a little more close to the bone, with even the quiet moments -- check the heartbreaking title track -- sounding truly lost and forlorn. Kenney Dale Johnson's drums hit with a harder energy in the louder moments, the more upbeat melodies have that much more of an incongruously jaunty feeling when set against the often-eviscerating lyrics, as directed as much against himself as the lost love in question. Still, the mysterious departed figure is clearly the main target, and songs like "Don't Leave Me on My Own" and "There She Goes" leave little doubt where things are headed, while "Go Walking Down There" practically explodes with bitterness, Isaak's lyrics lashing out against "the happy people" around him. The instrumental range on San Francisco Days carries over here, but with a newer emphasis on rougher edges mixed with quieter deliveries and arrangements -- a seemingly odd balance, but one that punctuates the sheen of Isaak's earlier work with aplomb, as well as forecasting ahead toward Baja Sessions. Erik Jacobsen again is the production ear behind it all, and credit to him for helping make sure those chances get taken.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/23/1995
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 093624584520
  • Catalog Number: 45845

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chris Isaak Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Primary Artist
Johnny Reno Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Jeff Watson Musician
Gregg Arreguin Musician
Mark Goldenberg Musician
David Grisman Musician
David Grissom Musician
Kenney Dale Johnson Drums, Vocals
Bruce Kaphan Musician
Rowland Salley Bass, Vocals
Jimmy Pugh Hammond Organ
Jason Morgan Musician
Technical Credits
Stephen Bishop Contributor
Pete Escovedo Contributor
Jeff Watson Contributor
Gregg Arreguin Contributor
John Golden Mastering
Mark Goldenberg Contributor
David Grisman Contributor
David Grissom Contributor
Lee Herschberg Contributor, Sound Consultant
Erik Jacobsen Producer
Bruce Kaphan Contributor
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Mark Needham Engineer
Jason Morgan Contributor
Linda Cobb Art Direction
Howard Kaufman Management
Ross Lahey Contributor
Jamie Young Contributor
Frank Martin Contributor
Jimmy Acevedo Contributor
Gary Briggs Contributor
John Branca Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic

    This is the classic Isaak album. While his others have a nice mix of rockers and heart break they always seem a little scattered (Why in the world was the haunting Heart Shaped World, on the album of the same name, followed up with the quirky I'm Not Waiting ?) This offering is like a late night spent drinking witha buddy who has had his heart stomped on by his girl. Although it can be a bit depressing, every song flows to the next perfectly. Forever Blue, End of Everything and I Believe are dripping with heart ache. Give this one a try !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What a voice!

    I can listen to Chris Isaak any time, any place...

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