PJ_0707

PJ_0707

New Orleans, Louisiana

Best of 2021

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Recent Reviews

PJ_0707 -
58
First Comes the Night, taken with Isaak's albums post-2000, do what he never managed to do on his first seven albums, become a caricature of himself. There are songs here that mine the fifties and sixties but offer nothing more than a replica of that sound. It's the record of someone who has settled into where he is. A musician ultimately made irrelevant by the new millennium, unable to keep up with emerging trends or styles, the ultimate boomer dad-rock pastiche.
PJ_0707 -
56
Beyond the Sun does what Isaak had avoided for over twenty years, a covers album of Elvis songs. Not everything here is an Elvis original, seven of the fourteen songs are, but the other seven include songs by Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Warren Smith, Jimmy Wages. Live it Up; the sole Isaak original included here fits in fine with the covers stylistically but offers nothing new; it's typical of Isaak's later career.
PJ_0707 -
53
Mr. Lucky drops the sleek early-aughts production of Always Got Tonight for a return to a more classic Americana roots-rock sound. It's an improvement but can't help but sound like its reaching too high. The vocals soar, and the guitar reaches for the heavens.
PJ_0707 -
50
A Chris Isaak collection of holiday songs sung in the key of Uncle Jesse's time with the Beach Boys. The cover speaks volumes; it looks exactly like it sounds.
PJ_0707 -
61
Speak of the Devil is the first significant misstep in Isaak's catalog. The record doesn't offer anything drastically different than what came on his first six albums. Still, the production and choices here seem as though they were a deliberate attempt to stay relevant in the late nineties. The songs have little additional flourishes here and there that clutter the arrangements, whereas, on previous albums, the songs benefit from their simplicity. None of these songs are terrible; they are just ... read more

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100 = Favorite Album of the Year
99 - 90 = Brilliant
89 - 80 = Impressive
79 - 70 = Good
69 - 60 = Decent
59 - 50 = Mediocre
49 - 30 = Bad
29 - 10 = Rubbish
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