Chris Isaak – Mr. Lucky

February 25, 2009

chrisisaakMr. Lucky, the first album of new material in seven years from Stockton, California born singer/songwriter Chris Isaak, reflects his status, twenty-four years after his debut, Silvertone (also the name of his band), as a most savvy entertainer, one who knows what his own strengths are and who knows what his longtime fans want from him. Isaak has never strayed very far from the music that made him famous, a combination of moody, often grimly drawn ballads and high energy rock with roots in rockabilly and surf music, all firmly entrenched in the 50’s and 60’s and delivered with a cool confidence. If there’s a major difference between Isaak then and Isaak now, it’s that his music doesn’t have that sort of spooky, eerie, slightly decadent quality that made it perfect for soundtracks of David Lynch and Stanley Kubrick movies, and honestly, I rather miss that. That said, Mr. Lucky is an enjoyable, highly ingratiating album, with some choice cuts amid a notably high gloss production. Isaak and his band sound as masterful as ever, and a couple of duets, with Trisha Yearwood and Michelle Branch, respectively, are thrown in for good measure. Despite the omnipresent heartbreak and world weariness built into Isaak’s music, this is a pretty fun record, a welcome return that gets more welcome the more (and more closely) one listens to it. Standout cuts: “Cheater’s Town,” “We Let Her Down,” “Mr. Lonely Man” and “Big Wide Wonderful World.”


3 Responses to “Chris Isaak – Mr. Lucky”

  1. Beth Says:

    See, if I were writing this post I would have drifted off into a long ramble about seeing Chris at the Berkeley Square at every opportunity, about seeing him outside a Chinese restaurant around the corner from our house at 36th and Balboa in the Richmond, about sitting next to him (okay, there was an empty seat between us) at a showing of Gimme Shelter at Wheeler Auditorium at UCB, and about the delight of seeing him as an evil clown in … what was that movie called? I’m sure you know, Darren! I’ll give the new stuff a listen, but like you say it’s pretty glossy. Nothing like LIVE Chris Isaak & co. at a small club in the ’80s!

  2. radiondn Says:

    Jim would probably know the exact number of times we saw Chris in concert. I initially talked Jim into coming with me to see Chris and his band at Nightbreak in the Haight not long after Silvertone was released. We got to see them in rehearsal because we arrived way early, then again in concert a few hours later. Bonus Chris! I agree, those were the days.

  3. Orchester Says:

    As far as the sound goes it still sounds great and honest. Every song has Chris Issak pouring his heart out. Just listening to it makes me think of a fire place a six pack of beer and friends.

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