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