14 Songs, 54 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s sweeping musical range on Mighty Like a Rose—guitars sparkle and ache, keyboards and horns thicken things, and Costello tackles complex themes such as detachment and sour nostalgia with jaw-dropping narrative grace. Many moments stun: The brass-enhanced “Sweet Pear” revels in Costello’s perverse sense of busted love while the rising, piano-stoked “How to Be Dumb” reveals his colorful vitriol. The psychedelic sunshine pop of “The Other Side of Summer” and “Harpies Bizarre” tingles, the gentle “After the Fall” stings, and the derisive “Playboy to a Man” lays out danceable chaos.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s sweeping musical range on Mighty Like a Rose—guitars sparkle and ache, keyboards and horns thicken things, and Costello tackles complex themes such as detachment and sour nostalgia with jaw-dropping narrative grace. Many moments stun: The brass-enhanced “Sweet Pear” revels in Costello’s perverse sense of busted love while the rising, piano-stoked “How to Be Dumb” reveals his colorful vitriol. The psychedelic sunshine pop of “The Other Side of Summer” and “Harpies Bizarre” tingles, the gentle “After the Fall” stings, and the derisive “Playboy to a Man” lays out danceable chaos.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

spanky247 ,

Mighty Like A Rose

"Wasn't it a millionaire who said imagine no possessions" is a line that sums up the angry young man pop brilliance that never seems to wane from any Elvis production. This release finds him without the attractions and really getting a handle on his new found autonomy. Pop hooks, ballads, symphonies, and biting lyrics are just the tip of the iceberg on this often overlooked gem. It takes a little work to really get into it, I owned it for three months before I really began to enjoy it, but it was worth the wait.

gooberjam ,

Underrated

I'm an Elvis completist and I've always felt that this was a really beautiful and underrated record. Couldn't Call it Unexpected #4 is perhaps my favorite EC song ever. This record is dark and bitter, but don't we all have days where that is our soundtrack?

Chester Taint ,

The Sun Struggles Up Another Beautiful Day

I'll never understand how this isn't regarded as a masterpiece. His angriest record washed in beauty. I love this record. One of his best.

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