Rockabilly Heartthrob

PERFORMER: CHRIS ISAAK

ALBUM: SAN FRANCISCO DAYS

LABEL: REPRISE

THE BOTTOM LINE: No longer just another pretty voice, retro-rocker Isaak forges ahead on disc and the big screen.

With his Ricky Nelson profile, Roy Orbison pipes and Elvis Presley moves, Chris Isaak could easily be dismissed as a pretender to the retro throne, a rockabilly Milli Vanilli coasting on his looks and the popular pining for the spirit of rock 'n' roll past. But as anyone who has listened to his records or seen him perform knows, Isaak is the genuine article: a pompadoured anachronism who grew up in the blue-collar...

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