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Chris Isaak

  • Capitol Theater 201 State Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

Pretty much everything Sun Records devotee Chris Isaak has recorded since 1989's Heart Shaped World—which spawned the iconic, Orbison-channeling megahit "Wicked Game"—feels like a victory lap. But hey, at least the actor, ex-host of The Chris Isaak Hour, and former judge for the Australian spinoff of Simon Cowell's The X Factor is remarkably consistent. Isaak's most recent full-length, 2015's First Comes The Night, shows the singer's still charmingly stuck in a locked groove of lushly-produced country-rock tunes that ache in a digestible way. "Some Days Are Harder Than The Rest" is unmistakably Isaak, as he wails over a bed of somber organ chords and cavernously surfy guitar work that builds into a ghostly crescendo. "Break My Heart" and "Down In Flames" are sonically a bit more playful and energetic, with the former boasting an overdose of county-fair organ licks and the latter being more of a straight-up dive-bar, country-rock number with tight but goofy back-up vocals that sound better suited for a Jesse & The Rippers song. —Joel Shanahan

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