“Forever Blue” Remains Forever Awesome!

 No. 5 on my all-time Top 10 list of best pop/rock/modern music albums is “Forever Blue” by Chris Isaak.  The reason for this is because every song is distinctively great and exceedingly emotionally-charged and melodic.  Isaak is not only a master guitarist and singer who can hit the highest notes (a la Roy Orbison) but his songwriting skills–especially on this album–are second to none.   Of course, you’ve got to like romantic music and torch songs to appreciate Chris Isaak, especially on this album.

The truth is, his music is haunting.  I think of him as the Frederic Chopin of today’s popular music: There is always something nostaglic, melancholic, or downright sad and tragic in his songs, especially the lyrics.  In this album he removes your heart (rips out is more like it!) several times and maybe by the end of the record hands it back to you.  Maybe.  And maybe not.  But it is a beautifully painful experience well worth losing your heart over, which Chris Isaak obviously did in order to write this musical tome.  I don’t know who or what broke his heart.  But I never get tired of Forever Blue breaking mine.

Enjoy this inimitable song sample from the album: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHHC3XVudjY