Steven Mirkin
December 12, 1997 AT 05:00 AM EST

High Drama: The Real Johnnie Ray

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Johnnie Ray
genre
Reissues

We gave it an A-

Johnnie Ray was best known in the ’50s for the lachrymose ”Cry,” but High Drama: The Real Johnnie Ray makes him sound surprisingly contemporary. He had the smooth delivery of a saloon singer, but underneath ran a deep vein of raw psychosexual angst. Think of him as the bridge between Sinatra and grunge — or Kurt Cobain in a tux. A-

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