Picks and Pans Review: Recent Raves
Chris Isaak, Christmas The wickedly cool Isaak has made the holiday disc of the season. He brings a playful, retro charm to old faves like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” while also stocking this CD with five of his own originals.
The Killers, Hot Fuss The neo new-wave trend continues with this Las Vegas quartet. Blending brooding glam and melodic synth-pop on their dead-on debut, the Killers are definitely another group that is worth the fuss.
Gwen Stefani, Love. Angel. Music. Baby No doubt about it: Stefani is the new Madonna. On her solo debut she gets into the ’80s dance-pop groove as if she were the Material Girl in her heyday, making the party album of the year.
Randy Travis, Passing Through Drifting back from gospel toward country-pop, Travis continues to channel George Jones on his splendid latest, which allows him to flex his versatility.