Yes, it’s exactly what you think it is.
As odd as it seems, Glenn Danzig is big Elvis Presley fan and for a very long time he’s talked about recording an album dedicated solely to music of The King. The result, Danzig Sings Elvis is exactly as promised. And while it certainly isn’t for everyone, or even most, there is something oddly earnest about how the founder of the Misfits and Samhain treats Presley’s music, devoting an odd reverence to the music coming across as sincere.
In a 2015 interview, Danzig talked about his Presley musical influence. “Elvis is actually kind of how I got into music,” Danzig said. “When I was a kid, I was cutting school pretending I was sick and I would lie at home watching old movies, and Jailhouse Rock came on with Elvis. I was like, ‘I want to do this. This is great.’ And that’s how I veered to music.”
Across 14 tracks, with sparse musical backing, Danzig’s booming baritone pays respect to the long departed rock and roller covering a mix of hits and deep cuts. Among the more well-known songs here like the oft-covered “Fever” and an impressively eerie “Always On My Mind,” there are a slew of lesser known songs. The oddest moment among the dozen or so though is the inclusion of “Baby Let’s Play House” the mid- ‘50s track that sounds ridiculously dated coming through the Danzig filter.
But there are moments here that certainly impress, like the starkly emotional “One Night.” It’s at that moment, early on in the record sequencing that it’s clear this is not simply an odd curiosity or a novelty record, but a sincere show of appreciation by Danzig to one of his musical heroes.