by Caroline Sullivan, Featured Writer, The Guardian
Every musician has an album they’ve “always wanted to make”, and this is Chris Isaak’s: a 19-track behemoth of (mainly) Sun Records covers, executed so faithfully that they could have been mouldering in a Memphis vault for 50 years. Most of the album was even recorded in the Sun Studios. There’s little divergence from the originals in this set (which also includes one new Isaak tune, Live It Up, a headlong rockabilly rush). On the contrary; Isaak practically replicates Presley and Orbison on, respectively, Can’t Help Falling in Love and Oh, Pretty Woman, and his band turn in perfect, twangy reconstructions of the melodies. You can almost hear Isaak’s blue suede shoes tapping in time. It’s fine stuff, as far as it goes – it’s hardly a chore to listen to heartfelt versions of Ring of Fire and I Walk the Line, rendered in an eerily true Johnny Cash-esque baritone – but what if Isaak had instead seasoned them with the creeping menace that made Wicked Game so arresting?
Source: The Guardian