Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Chris Isaak's Beyond The Sun
It's true! I like another covers record. But, nobody doesn't like Chris Isaak, right? The guy's got a great voice. He's funny. His 1987 debut "Silvertone" was cooler than cool, and really, aside from seeing him lip-syncing "Wicked Game" one Saturday afternoon while someone was ice skating on CBS Sports, there have been few missteps. Even his short-lived Showtime series was off the wall and very entertaining.
Today, Isaak releases "Beyond The Sun," a 2-CD tribute to the Sun Records label and a record he was born to record. Isaak plays it straight here. There are no curveball arrangements. No funk version of "I Walk The Line." No bossanova version of "My Happiness." It's Isaak doing what he does best to some of the greatest rock and roll music ever recorded.
There are a few Elvis tunes, some Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison, and some Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee. It's a blast from start to finish.
I'm trying to find something cynical to say here, you know, strictly for entertainment value. But I can't. I really like this record.