CD Speak of the Devil [Chris Isaak] [698268302600] (CD 15816561),
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Speak of the Devil [Chris Isaak] [698268302600]

  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 3026

  • Credits
    Producer
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    Personnel includes: Chris Isaak (vocals, guitar); Hershel Yatovitz (guitar, vocals); Rowland Salley (bass, vocals); Kenney Dale Johnson (drums, vocals); David Palmer, Jamie Mahobric, Matt Chamberlain, John Pierce, Patrick Warren, Steve Ferrone, Curt Bisquera, Jimmy Pugh, Frank Marti, Mark Needham, Cynthia Corra, Mary Dunaway, Juolie Lorch, Wendy Waller, Terry Wood.
    Producers: Chris Isaak, Erik Jacobsen, Rob Cavallo.
    All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.
    Gorgeous and vibrant, SPEAK OF THE DEVIL boasts the strong crooning of Chris Isaak backed by the full-bodied, twanging guitar that's made his music such a distinctive pleasure since the mid-'80s. Isaak's focus on love and the different phases of relationships means that songs range from the built-up desperation in "Please" to the airy optimism of "Flying," punched up by chirpy background singers.
    Silvertone (whose collective name is unacknowledged here) continues to be the most underrated back-up band in the biz, with their distinctive rootsy mix of blues, rockabilly and country. Hershel Yatovitz's shimmering guitar is pumped with reverb to add the proper urgency to "Wanderin'" and he contributes Spanish-flavored acoustic guitar to "Don't Get So Down On Yourself." But for all the smoldering edge that Isaak puts on slower songs such as the enticing "Talkin' Bout A Home," the Californian excels on faster numbers like the swinging "I'm Not Sleepy." Isaak's adventurousness leads him to end the album with the noirish instrumental "Super Magic 2000," complete with Peter Gunn-like tempo and solid surf-guitar adornments mixed with chirping crickets and blasting shotgun sound effects.

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (10/2/98, p.74) - "Isaak is that deceptively dangerous guy to whom lost love is way better than potential love. And DEVIL has plenty of minor-key paeans to heartbreak. But it also has Isaak (backed by band Silvertone) melding his sexed-up Orbison crooning with some kick-ass retro-rock..." - Rating: B+
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