|Getting Lucky has rarely sounded so good.|
Mr. Lucky -- Chris Isaak's stunning new masterpiece -- perfectly balances the ecstasy of great romance with the agony of pure heartbreak. Mr. Lucky offers passionate music that feels decidedly lived-in. Like some rocking Sinatra album for the 21st Century, Mr. Lucky is a song cycle about the good luck we earn and the bad luck we just can't seem to shake. Right from its killer opener -- the wonderfully tortured "Cheaters Town" -- to the concluding and uplifting "Big, Wide Wonderful World," Isaak takes us all on a dark but beautiful ride -- one you will likely recognize as your own.
"For better or for worse, the songs on this album do reflect where I am at in my life right now in one way or another," Isaak confesses. "I couldn't define where that is exactly, but suffice to say when I hear these songs, they all make sense to me. The truth is I do put a lot of myself into my music. If people out there listening feel that it's me in these songs, that means I'm probably doing my job. At the same time, I believe that anyone who's ever fallen in love -- or out of love -- should be able to hear themselves in this album too."
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Personnel: Hershel Yatovitz (vocals, guitar); Rowland Salley (vocals, bass instrument); Kenney Dale Johnson (vocals, drums); Scott Plunkett (keyboards); Rafael Padilla (percussion).|
|Audio Mixers: Eric Ivan Rosse; Mark Needham.|
|Recording information: Ballroom Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Henson Recording, Hollywood, CA; SquawkBox Studio, Los Angeles, CA; Starstruck, Nashville, TN; Sudio 880, Oakland.|
|Photographer: Neal Preston.|
|Seven full years after 2002's ALWAYS GOT TONIGHT, renowned singer-songwriter Chris Isaak finally unveiled its studio follow-up, MR. LUCKY, another fine collection of retro-minded pop. Reliable as ever with his Roy Orbison-influenced croon and pristine melodies, Isaak largely sticks to romantic ballads (the regretful "We Let Her Down" and the tearful "You Don't Cry Like I Do"). Not content to solely wallow in lovelorn territory, however, Isaak eases through the breezy "We've Got Tomorrow" and floors it on the rave-up "Mr. Lonely Man," revealing the dynamic qualities that have endeared him to many. The charming vocalist/guitarist also slips into country mode on the twangy "Best I Ever Had" and leads a horn-laden number on "Big Wide Wonderful World," once again proving that he's a true showman. Fittingly enough, MR. LUCKY ties in with the debut of THE CHRIS ISAAK HOUR on the A&E Channel, leaving Isaak's considerable performing abilities without question.|
Producer: Chris Isaak; Eric Ivan Rosse; John Shanks; Mark Needham; Chris Isaak; Eric Ivan Rosse; John Shanks; Mark Needham
Engineer: Chris Reynolds; Will Brierre; Howard Christopher Willing; Aaron Kasdorf; Rafael Serrano; Chad Carlson; Chris Reynolds; Will Brierre; Howard Christopher Willing; Aaron Kasdorf; Rafael Serrano; Chad Carlson
|Release Date : 06/15/2009|
|Original Release Date : 2009|
|Catalog ID : 9362497883|
|Label : Wicked Game/Reprise|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00093624978831|
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "'We've Got Tomorrow' is jaunty Sun rockabilly played through a shuffling John Fogerty filter, while 'Big Wide Wonderful World' is magnificently bombastic jazz-blues..."
In the course of Chris Isaak's career, he has released nine extraordinary albums, twelve singles, been nominated for two Grammy awards, acted in several motion pictures and starred in his own critically acclaimed TV series. His legendary shows with his longtime band Silvertone have entertained tens of thousands of people for over two decades. Even his hair has its own fan club. And yet, this highly praised herald platinum-selling artist has never released a greatest hits album.
Hard to believe, no? Well, unlike some artists who roll out a greatest hits package after, say, their second album, Isaak waited until he actually had enough hits to legitimately describe the collection as such.
"Shouldn't a greatest hits collection after two records be called 'Greatest Hit'?" Isaak asks. "I guess I've just always been too busy making records. Plus, it takes a while before you really want to compile everything. But after going through all the songs to make the Best Of, I feel like we have good stuff."
Good stuff. That's typical Isaak self-deprecation - it's much more than good stuff. Best of Chris Isaak - the CD and accompanying DVD, which features 18 video clips by such esteemed directors as Gus Van Sant, Bruce Weber, Herb Ritts, Mary Lambert and Jean-Baptiste Mondino - take listeners on a gratifying musical journey through the Stockton, Calif., native's two-decade career, showcasing his stellar songwriting; smooth, dusky baritone (and tender falsetto that will alert your dog); and effortless brand of stylish retro-cool.
The album displays Isaak's many different musical personas: the rockabilly rebel ("Dancin'," "Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing," "Speak of the Devil"), the brokenhearted crooner ("Wicked Game," "Somebody's Crying"), and the breezy acoustic storyteller ("San Francisco Days," "Two Hearts"). It includes two brand new songs, the elegant "King Without a Castle" and the break-up exhortation "Let's Have a Party," as well as two covers: Cheap Trick's power-pop anthem "I Want You to Want Me," a live favorite previously unavailable on any of his CDs ("It's kind of fun to do something a little different for me," Isaak says), an inspired version of his hero Roy Orbison's classic lovelorn ballad "Only the Lonely," and a stirring never before heard acoustic version of "Forever Blue."
"What a sweet guy Roy was," Isaak says. "We opened for him one time and after the show I said to him, 'I don't know if I write hits or not,' and he said, 'You write hits, you just don't know it.' It was exactly what I needed to hear at the time to keep me going for another year."