Isaak's third and breakthrough album, powered by the strength of the damn sexy Wicked Game, which was like nothing else on the radio in early 1991. Isaak croons like Orbison and is perfectly suited to moody balladry, but the attempts at roots rock here aren't that bad, they just don't measure up to the ballads. The songwriting is just okay, but I can't help loving the sound of the thing. Perfect for a late night summer car trip on the open road (I wonder where I got that idea?).
On a completely unrelated note, how great would a Chet Baker biopic have been if it had been filmed 25 years ago starring Isaak as Baker, directed by David Lynch??
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #7
Tracks: As you would expect, the dreamy Wicked Game is the star, but I also like the title track, Kings Of The Highway. Blue Spanish Sky (with a tasty, uncredited trumpet solo), and Nothing's Changed. The only skippable track is Forever Young.
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None
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