Chris Isaak

First Co mes The Night

Guitar Techniques - - MUSIC | REVIEWS -

Wicked Game Records/Rhino

Who could for­get that pure Strat tone beau­ti­fully ex­e­cuted by James Calvin Wilsey on Isaak’s Wicked Game sin­gle back in 1989? Calvin and Chris may have parted com­pany but that clas­sic sound is well in ev­i­dence on this al­bum that finds Isaak work­ing with Sil­ver­tone. On gui­tar du­ties is Her­shel Ya­tovitz and he does an amaz­ing job from the soft and sul­try bal­lads to the up­beat Tex Mex side of things. Gui­tar heavy it isn’t but this is classy, stripped­back play­ing, so check out tracks like Down In Flames, Reverie and the dirtier Dry Your Eyes; but per­haps it’s Kiss Me Like A Stranger that most closely re­cap­tures that Wicked Game at­mos­phere. This al­bum isn’t just about gui­tar though, Isaak does a fan­tas­tic job on a fine mix of coun­try songs with his dis­tinc­tive, Or­bi­son-toned voice and style.

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