Doin the best he can..?
By J M Jones
There's something I can't quite put my finger on with this album that doesn't quite make it gel for me. I love the songs, love Chris Isaak's previous stuff and I certainly love all the artists that inspired this album, there's just something missing. It's not to say the likes of Roy Orbison or Elvis Presley are uncoverable as plenty of their songs have been given wonderful renditions by other artists, I think in my heart I feel that Chris Isaak's whole sound is too close to the knuckle to get away with this. It's almost too predictable, even though the enthusiasm is in effect there, I don't feel the heart is sometimes and it sounds like he's painting (okay, singing!) by numbers, which invariably leaves me wanting to stop the album and go listen to the originals. Maybe that's what he really wants us to do...
Beyond the sun
I have been an Elvis fan all my life.This album is fantastic.Chris you should be proud of this album.chris and Raul Malo keep the 50s alive in 2012.Thanks
Sorry but this is just lazy cover versions
There are so few singers who can actually sing these days, and even fewer who feature real instruments. The music featured on this album comes from a golden period when a combination of natural talent, professional songwriting, simplicity of sound and true musicianship were in abundance.
I write as an Elvis fan from that time, and I find that Chris not only performs the songs with respect and in the style of the time, he adds his own stamp to them. Good songs can always benefit from variants of performance, as long as that is not karaoke or with over-production.
Sure, Elvis and the others were there first and provided the definitive versions - but one can go and see Chris and his band perform these, something which one can't any more with the original singers. In any case, Elvis hit the performing buffers around 1963 and was a pastiche of himself afterwards.
I find this a really excellent album, and the instrumental accompaniment is sublime. I can never get enough good music!
Beyond the Sun
By Moonsong Lynne
Saw Chris Isaak yesterday on a cookery show for the first time so had a look at his album. I was in Memphis last year and went to Sun Records, it blew me away. You could feel Elvis there and all of the others who followed him. This album has that feel, you can just feel that it was made at Sun Records. I love it!
beyond the sun
By stonehands 85
Yes this is album is of covers , yes you've heard most of them before, but these are great versions of clasic songs ! this album is great , buy it now ! Well done chris !
Chris Isaak Vintage Rock & Roll
We've always been able to tell from his previous material that he was into Orbison, Elvis, Johnny Cash and early Sun records era Rock & Roll. Hearing his own versions of the songs that inspired him is interesting and in many cases it's as inspirational. Trying to help people understand how music from another era can be such an inspiration in a modern context is what he's achieving here and he's added more to the cause than taking away. If you enjoyed this album for the same reasons I do have a listen to "Camper Van Radio" by Kludo White on iTunes. It's an album of new original material but inspired by the music of the fifties and sixties. We'd love to know what you think?
It's good! And I like him but why not just play originals ???
iTunes Store: The correct name of the track #14 is "My Happiness"
Makes me smile
What a cracking album.
Never really rated chris isaak before but this is good fun.
As for him trying to be a substitute for elvis,I don't think so.Some people just don't get it.
It is what it is, it will make you smile and that's not a bad thing.