ROY ORBISON "Mystery Girl." Virgin
For anyone ever touched by the dramatic sweep and disarming intimacy of Roy Orbison's voice, there are moments in this posthumous release as magical as anything the late Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member ever recorded.
Working with a variety of producers and musicians (including T Bone Burnett, Jeff Lynne, George Harrison and Tom Petty), Orbison doesn't always come up with material that matches the haunting poignancy of such '60s high points as "Running Scared" or "Only the Lonely."
For the most part, however, the songs are both distinguished and finely tailored. In Elvis Costello's dark "The Comedians," Orbison retraces the eerie intensity of his most unsettling tales of romantic heartbreak, while the soothing "California Blue" (which he wrote with Lynne and Petty) recalls the innocence of "Blue Bayou."