by Emery Columna –
I said this 21 years ago with Isaak’s Baja Sessions, but it’s worth repeating again now: Somewhere in America and The World, a kid is listening to Chris Isaak the way Bruce Springsteen used to listen to Roy Orbison. Chris Isaak is a direct link to and a true student of the greatness that is Roy Orbison. Those of you who don’t know who Roy is can Wikipedia him now.
Isaak’s voice has a readily accessible quality to it that is easy on the ears and draws people in to the stories he tells with his music.
My strong recommendation is that you get the Deluxe Edition for extra groovy goodness.
There are four songs that are definitely in the 10 ring: Dry Your Eyes, Running Down The Road, The Way Things Really Are, Keep Hanging On.
I just love those songs, especially the ballad, The Way Things Really Are, which has that Floyd Cramer “slip note” Nashville sound to it, proving to me once again Isaak’s purist approach to the songs he writes. Keep Hanging On is a song any promoter can take to the programmer at a radio station and drop the needle on a HIT.
If Chris Isaak was looking to make a Country album, he has accomplished that without alienating his core audience, who will no doubt dig this music! To me, this album is all about good music.
MAAF BOX Rating:
MAAF BOX Listening Pleasure: First Comes The Night, Perfect Lover, Down In Flames, Dry Your Eyes, Running Down The Road, The Way Things Really Are, Keep Hanging On.