Editors’ Notes Inspired by imaginary letters penned to Shakespeare’s Juliet, this pop-to-classical musical transformation shows Elvis Costello untouched by outside trends. Smart, sardonic, and melancholic songs reflect on classic themes of deceit, love, and death without sounding mawkish. And Costello’s precise croon and melodies glide and flare with the dramatic tensions in the music. The entire album is radiant and affecting—from the heart-tugging irony of “Dear Sweet Filthy World” to the sad farewell of “The First to Leave.”

SONG
Deliver Us
1
0:50
 
For Other Eyes
2
2:55
 
Swine
3
2:08
 
Expert Rites
4
2:22
 
Dead Letter
5
2:19
 
I Almost Had a Weakness
6
3:53
 
Why?
7
1:25
 
Who Do You Think You Are?
8
3:28
 
Taking My Life In Your Hands
9
3:20
 
This Offer Is Unrepeatable
10
3:12
 
Dear Sweet Filthy World
11
4:17
 
The Letter Home
12
3:10
 
Jacksons, Monk and Rowe
13
3:43
 
This Sad Burlesque
14
2:46
 
Romeo's Seance
15
3:32
 
I Thought I'd Write to Juliet
16
4:07
 
Last Post
17
2:24
 
The First to Leave
18
4:59
 
Damnation's Cellar
19
3:25
 
The Birds Will Still Be Singing
20
4:27