Somewhat akin to the (non-pop star) Biblical figure Samson, did Chris Isaak lose all of his musical prowess when he stopped coiffing his incredible mid-late '80s hair? Alternatively, being blessed with 'mega hit' status of one of the sexiest songs ever - 1991's 'Wicked Game' - has proved both a blessing and a curse for the Californian rock 'n' roller, whose subsequent albums have failed to equal that record's success.
His tenth studio album, 'Mr. Lucky', may not change that fact, but it's a largely pleasant listen, nonetheless. While the majority of the album sticks to the formulaic sub-Mavericks country-pop that Isaak has been undertaking for the past decade ('Breaking Apart' and 'I Lose My Heart', his pedestrian duets with Trisha Yearwood and Michelle Branch respectively), there are moments of shimmering, reverb-laden Rickenbacker that raise the heckles for a couple of seconds. Opener 'Cheater's Town' is one of them, but it soon becomes a drab affair, like many others here.
As always, however, the presence of Roy Orbison is never far from Isaak's work, whether it's through his sweet croon or his warm guitar flourishes. 'You Don't Cry Like I Do' is a soft, moody number embellished by piano, while 'We've Got Tomorrow' and 'Take My Heart' bring a welcome old fashioned rock 'n' roll jauntiness to the record. Likewise, the horn section on dramatic showband-style closer 'Big Wide Wonderful World' is an unusually daring move for an album that's got more misses than hits. Still, Father's Day looms near, and your dad will probably appreciate this album more than you will.