Chris Isaak

Chris Isaak

by Chris Isaak


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Chris Isaak

Having established a winning musical combination on Silvertone, Chris Isaak and his band essentially continue it with little variation on his second album, 11 songs of smoky, wounded romance and dark menace given great all-around performances. Isaak's gift for capturing a perfect blend of early rock & roll twang and making it sound perfectly of the now is his greatest strength, and if later albums showed him finding new ways to twist and develop his approach, the relatively straight-up work here is more than fine. "Blue Hotel" is easily the killer track on the album, James Wilsey's spaghetti Western lead guitar and Isaak's yearning, lost singing perfectly matched. There are plenty of other reasons to listen in, though. "You Owe Me Some Kind of Love" is in many ways the precursor to Forever Blue's "Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing," only before the breakup, though still charged with a threat of desire and need. Wilsey's concluding guitar solo is especially sharp, and the way Isaak delivers the chorus balances between melancholy and urgency. For all the Roy Orbison comparisons Isaak won, "Cryin'" is in fact an original, but Isaak does tip his hat another direction with an attractive remake of the Yardbirds' "Heart Full of Soul," making it sound very much like an Isaak original instead of a worshipful carbon copy. Erik Jacobsen's production again emphasizes Kenney Dale Johnson's drumming without making it suffer from late-'80s corporate rock disease, while touches like the sax on "Lie to Me" and the buried strings and wordless backing vocals elsewhere adds depth and lushness to the album in just-right amounts. The whole experience is pure doom-haunted passion, elegantly on the run away from -- or towards -- someone. All that and a killer cover photo as well, the iris of Isaak's eye only just in the light.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/26/2011
Label: Mailboat Records
UPC: 0698268302105
catalogNumber: 3021
Rank: 68366

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chris Isaak   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Musician
Pat Craig   Musician
Kenney Dale Johnson   Drums,Vocals,Musician
Prairie Prince   Musician
Rowland Salley   Bass Guitar,Musician
Chris Solberg   Musician
James Calvin Wilsey   Guitar,Musician
John Robinson   Musician

Technical Credits

Chris Isaak   Composer
Graham Gouldman   Composer
Erik Jacobsen   Producer,Management
Tom Mallon   Engineer
Kim Champagne   Art Direction
Bruce Weber   Cover Photo
Dave Carlson   Engineer
Jeri McManus-Heiden   Art Direction
Mark E. Plummer   Management

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