Mr. Lucky

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Mr. Lucky is the first album Chris Isaak has released in seven years but it's hard to call it a comeback: it's been so long since Isaak had something approaching a crossover hit that it's hard to say that he's been away, that he has something to come back from -- he just appears every few years, such as in March of 2009, when Mr. Lucky appeared as part of a coordinated multimedia attack. In addition to this new album, Isaak has a new talk show on A&E -- like Elvis Costello's Spectacle but on basic cable -- and Mr. Lucky isn't strictly a soundtrack for the show, but it's fair to say that the show gives Mr. Lucky a larger potential audience than any Isaak ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Mr. Lucky is the first album Chris Isaak has released in seven years but it's hard to call it a comeback: it's been so long since Isaak had something approaching a crossover hit that it's hard to say that he's been away, that he has something to come back from -- he just appears every few years, such as in March of 2009, when Mr. Lucky appeared as part of a coordinated multimedia attack. In addition to this new album, Isaak has a new talk show on A&E -- like Elvis Costello's Spectacle but on basic cable -- and Mr. Lucky isn't strictly a soundtrack for the show, but it's fair to say that the show gives Mr. Lucky a larger potential audience than any Isaak album in a long time, probably since the last time he had a television show in the early-2000s sitcom The Chris Isaak Show. Given this bigger platform, it makes perfect sense that Mr. Lucky feels carefully considered: from its production to its construction, it's a deliberate attempt to modernize Isaak's retro obsessions without abandoning them. Usually, this modernization surfaces in echoey atmospherics partway between U2 and Coldplay, textures that suit his melodramatic Roy Orbison tributes. Mr. Lucky works because Isaak and crew don't overplay their hand -- he's never swallowed in waves of digital delay, the way Roy himself was on his swan song, Mystery Girl -- but tweak subtly, then alternate these coolly romantic mood pieces with swinging rockabilly, sly low-key grooves, duets with Trisha Yearwood and Michelle Branch, breezy pop that harks back to a time prior to the British Invasion, and a big, glitzy Vegas number to close the whole show. As a sensibility, it's no different than anything Isaak's done, so the difference is the execution, not just in the light, fresh touch of the production but the songs, which are his strongest in a long time -- and that's good enough to please his longtime fans as well as anybody whose interest might be piqued by the new show.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2009
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 093624978831
  • Catalog Number: 518008
  • Sales rank: 41,950

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chris Isaak Primary Artist
Sharon Celani Musician
Kenney Dale Johnson Drums, Vocals, Track Performer
Greg Leisz Musician
Stuart Mathis Musician
Jamie Muhoberac Musician
Mark Needham Musician
Rafael Padilla Percussion, Track Performer
Tim Pierce Musician
Scott Plunkett Keyboards, Track Performer
Eric Ivan Rosse Musician
Rowland Salley Vocals, Track Performer
Lee Thornburg Musician
Patrick Warren Musician
Bruce Watson Musician
David Woodford Musician
Waddy Wachtel Musician
Nick Lashley Musician
John Shanks Musician
Hershel Yatovitz Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Shane August Musician
Silvertone Track Performer
Brian Macleod Musician
Technical Credits
Chris Isaak Composer, Producer, Artwork, Audio Production
Chris Reynolds Engineer
Brian Gardner Mastering, Remastering
Stephen Marcussen Mastering, Remastering
Mark Needham Producer, Audio Production
Eric Ivan Rosse Producer, Audio Production
Stephen Walker Art Direction
Diane Warren Composer
John Shanks Producer, Audio Production
Howard Kaufman Management
Rafael Serrano Engineer
Will Brierre Engineer
Sheryl Louis Management
Chad Carlson Engineer
Aaron Kasdorf Engineer
Howard Christopher Willing Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unlucky in Love and Lyrics

    While Isaak's Orbison-like vocals are rich, the lyrics were less than inspired. Song after song about being abandoned by a lying lover make for a pretty long stretch of navel gazing--without a hint of the irony that a talented lyricist like Lyle Lovett can spin into an interesting tale. Here, the material sounds like self-absorbtion without the relief of self-reflection. Buy one or two of these songs on iTunes and skip the full CD.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Chris Issak definitely still has the magic!!!

    If you were ever a Chris Issak or Roy Orbison fan youll absolutely love this CD!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    All-American Boy is back...

    What more can I say? The coolest crooner from San Francisco is back... with all new melodies to chronicle heartache, heartbreak and loss. A one of a kind singer with a one of a kind sound...

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    awesome

    If you are a Chris Isaak fan you will not be disappointed -- waited a long time for a album from him -- still has it in my book.

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