Sound: The overall sound on "Mr. Lucky" is not that far from Isaak's previous effort "Always Got To Tonight" in fact in some instances it can be argued that it's an even more experimental album. Wondering somewhere in an eclectic ether, the sound is more polished and produced, which may of been the leading reason to add additional members to the Silvertone line up... But as in a lot of instances, more is not always better. // 8
Lyrics: Isaak has made his living off writing songs of love and lost and for the most part "Mr. Lucky" is no exception. And while you won't find a lot of radio-ready tracks on the album there are a few exceptions. Isaak seems ready to explore some darker subject matter, lyricly, in the same manner he did on the original "Silvertone" album and ironicly it's those songs which seem to stand out the most on the album. // 6
Overall Impression: Though it's his first album in several years, the majority of this album is not new. Fans from a while back will recognize songs like "Dream Deffered" as a reworked song that SHOULD of been on the "Speak of the Devil" album. And even with the exclusive tracks from Itunes and the web-site this album leaves you feeling a little confused as to it's musical direction and slightly let down from the anticipation.
Tracks like "We Let Her Down" and "Baby Baby" could be the stand outs as the pop radio-ready tracks. But if you look a little deeper you'll find the re-working of "Breaking Apart" the re-release of "Best I Ever Had" and the duet "I Lose My Heart" to be a few choice cuts of interest. Though for the casual Isaak fan you may feel like this album belongs more under a country listing than a pop listing..
For the most part Isaak's surfing inspired style and songs are long gone, and in reality have been gone since "Forever Blue". Not that it's a bad thing in it's entirety... But in hindsight when your biggest single was produced by a quartet, maybe that's telling you something? // 7