Editors’ Notes Since 2008’s Momofuku, his last album with The Imposters—essentially his original band, The Attractions, with a different bassist—Elvis Costello has, as he is wont to do, dabbled in a range of other genres. There’s been bluegrass and rootsy Americana with T Bone Burnett; even funky, hip-hop-infused soul with The Roots. While he tackled those outings with reverence and exuberance—the results were gorgeously unique in a way that only he could achieve—his 25th album, Look Now, feels like that most comfortable pair of jeans. Coming after Costello's announcement of a successful recovery from cancer surgery, this welcome return to the styles (and the bandmates) that first elevated him mixes sophisticated pop-rock with singer-songwriter fare that’s as opulent as it is introspective.

“Under Lime” and “Unwanted Number” are classic Costello rockers, full of '60s-inspired soul hooks and swooping minor-key changes that hit on a visceral level. So is “Burnt Sugar Is So Bitter,” a cowrite with Carole King 20 years in the making, with a chorus that sounds lifted from Gaucho-era Steely Dan. And if tunes like “Photographs Can Lie” or “Stripping Paper”—particularly its tinkling piano intro—sound like the work of another songwriting legend, it’s no accident: Costello's frequent collaborator Burt Bacharach helped pen a number of the record's aching chamber-pop ballads.

SONG
Under Lime
1
5:34
 
Don't Look Now
2
2:28
 
Burnt Sugar Is So Bitter
3
4:16
 
Stripping Paper
4
3:52
 
Unwanted Number
5
3:33
 
I Let the Sun Go Down
6
4:26
 
Mr. & Mrs. Hush
7
3:46
 
Photographs Can Lie
8
3:38
 
Dishonor the Stars
9
3:18
 
Suspect My Tears
10
4:49
 
Why Won't Heaven Help Me?
11
3:22
 
He's Given Me Things
12
4:08
 
Isabelle in Tears
1
4:01
 
Adieu Paris (L'Envie Des Etoiles)
2
3:33
 
The Final Mrs. Curtain
3
2:59
 
You Shouldn’t Look At Me That Way (From The Motion Picture “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”)
4
4:30
 

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