• Record Label: Vanguard
  • Release Date: Oct 18, 2011
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Jan 26, 2012
    100
    A 19-track behemoth of (mainly) Sun Records covers, executed so faithfully that they could have been mouldering in a Memphis vault for 50 years.
  2. BTS is a covers album recorded at and paying tribute to Memphis's Sun Studios, deploying tumbleweed guitar twang, and occasionally, the falsetto.
  3. Jan 20, 2012
    80
    It's hardly a novel idea to cover these songs, but Isaak's versions succeed through skilful arrangement, vibrant recording (mostly at Sun) and above all some remarkable vocal performances.
  4. Oct 26, 2011
    80
    Beyond the Sun is just an incredibly fun album--one that every fan of blues, country, and rock should embrace with glee.
  5. Oct 19, 2011
    80
    Isaak has somehow managed to make the homage almost as enjoyable as the originals. Almost.
  6. 75
    Isaak spends his homage to pioneering label Sun records lighting his firecracker of a backing band and getting out of the way. [28 Oct 2011, p.73]
  7. Oct 18, 2011
    70
    Beyond the Sun plays it cool and plays it authentic--these aren't reinterpretations, but sincere homages--and if this doesn't have much grit, it has plenty of style and heart.
  8. Oct 18, 2011
    70
    If you like Isaak you're probably already a fan of some of his idols, and nothing here outdoes the originals (and certainly even he knows nothing could). So even though Beyond the Sun isn't strictly necessary, it's great balls of fun.
  9. May 31, 2012
    60
    Isaak, whose singing voice is naturally full and resonant, is most at home with the Presley tunes... but the Lewis and Perkins homages don't quite add up. [Jan 2012, p.91]
  10. Feb 22, 2012
    60
    His aim is true, his enthusiasm genuine and even the one new self-penned track, Live It Up, slots in nicely. [Mar 2012, p.105]
  11. 60
    There's no denying the aplomb with which Isaak handles even Presley's vocal parts, which are respectful without being slavish copies.
  12. Jan 12, 2012
    60
    He's delivered a sincerely meant yet curiously staid and pedestrian tribute.
  13. Oct 20, 2011
    60
    It's unlikely that anyone will prefer the covers to the originals, but Isaak's fans will find plenty to enjoy in this rock 'n' roll love letter to a bygone era.

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