|1. Pretty Girls Don't Cry|
|2. Back On Your Side|
|3. Only The Lonely|
|4. South Of The Border (Down Mexico Way)|
|5. I Wonder|
|6. Wrong To Love You|
|7. Waiting For My Lucky Day|
|8. Yellow Bird|
|9. Two Hearts|
|10. Return To Me|
|12. Sweet Leilani|
|13. Think Of Tomorrow|
Highlights are "Yellow Bird" and a plaintive version of Orbison's "Only the Lonely," although I also like the more uptempo hit, "Dancin'" and oh all right -- pretty much everything else. Throughout, Isaak's voice is a joy, and if you are in the mood for his gentle tropics-influenced sound, you won't be disappointed.
The recorded sound is excellent -- with a slight reverb here and there -- and only adds to the relaxed, laid-back atmosphere. This is an ideal CD for a relaxing summer day, with or without a margarita.
When I listen to this CD, I can imagine myself relaxing on a tropical beach. It's not an upbeat dance party CD. I wouldn't play it at a beach party or at a gathering of friends. It's more of a mood relaxing CD when I want to chill out.
I do have to compliment ISAAK on his rendition of "Sweet Leilani." My father was from Hawaii and this was one his favorite songs. He would play it constantly when I was growing up in the early '60s. It brought back memories of my father. ISAAK's rendition was exactly like the original. Who sang it originally, I have no clue.
I'm writing this review on a steamy August day in Philadelphia. My wife and I are planning a BBQ. The guests will be musically unadventuresome. They will actually be aghast at my chillout and downtempo jazz CDs. I will be aghast (and nauseous) if forced to play their preferences: John Mayer, Nora Jones, Hootie and Hall-of-Fame bores Jimmy Buffet and James Taylor. Mayday! Hmm, Mr. Isaak steps into the breach with "Baja". Well, it looks like I do most of the compromising, but hey, welcome to holy matrimony. "Baja" is not that bad. Certainly better than the aforementioned "offenders". But honestly, no tune sticks in my head. Pure background music. Empty aural calories.
Question: Does David Lynch really dig this guy, or is he just clowning on ol' Chris (and us)?