POP/ COUN­TRY

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music -

CHRIS Isaak does a nice line in self­dep­re­ca­tion, and will sing at the drop of a hat dur­ing seem­ingly con­stant me­dia ap­pear­ances here with reg­u­lar brush man and tour­ing com­pan­ion Ken­ney Dale John­son. With this level of ac­ces­si­bil­ity, it’s some­times a jolt to re­alise that Isaak pos­sesses one of the truly great con­tem­po­rary Amer­i­can voices, in which he has de­liv­ered clas­sics such as Wicked Game ( 1989 and 1991), Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing and Some­body’s Cryin’ ( 1995). But the prob­lem has al­ways been that those songs stood out so far that even if they weren’t sur­rounded by un­mem­o­rable dross on their re­spec­tive al­bums, it seemed as if they were. Mr Lucky is some­thing of a break­through be­cause it is a thor­oughly en­joy­able Isaak record from start to fin­ish. The silky voice — part Elvis, part Roy Or­bi­son — has never sounded finer, and the songs range from the coun­try brass and stomp of We’ve Got To­mor­row to the ac­tor’s heart­break of Break­ing Apart without a sin­gle mis­step in be­tween.

Ian Cuth­bert­son Mr Lucky Chris Isaak UMA

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