16 Songs, 54 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Best known as the impeccable keyboardist who’s accompanied Elvis Costello since the days of The Attractions, Steve Nieve is a musical wunderkind who would’ve made any artist he accompanied sound like a sparkling genius. On 2013’s ToGetHer, he does just that. The collaboration with Costello on “Tender Moment (Kairos)” re-creates the Bacharach sessions. Nieve also crafts inspiring settings for Vanessa Paradis on “Conversation," Harper Simon (yes, Paul’s son) on “What a Holiday (Pandemonium),” and Ron Sexsmith on “Halloween (Bonfire Night),” ranging from rock-pop arrangements to torch ballads. Former Squeeze man Glenn Tilbrook comes alive with the bright adult pop of “Summer Song (Espionage)” and the piano and harmony of “I Do Not Miss You (Nostalgia #2).” Nieve’s wife, Muriel Teodori, teams with Robert Wyatt for “La Plus Jolie Langue,” where Nieve creates a static vibe not far removed from Wyatt’s solo work. Nieve does the same for Laurie Anderson on “Vertigo,” incorporating her spoken-word sense of alienation into a synthetic ballad that also points out Nieve’s underrated strengths as a singer.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Best known as the impeccable keyboardist who’s accompanied Elvis Costello since the days of The Attractions, Steve Nieve is a musical wunderkind who would’ve made any artist he accompanied sound like a sparkling genius. On 2013’s ToGetHer, he does just that. The collaboration with Costello on “Tender Moment (Kairos)” re-creates the Bacharach sessions. Nieve also crafts inspiring settings for Vanessa Paradis on “Conversation," Harper Simon (yes, Paul’s son) on “What a Holiday (Pandemonium),” and Ron Sexsmith on “Halloween (Bonfire Night),” ranging from rock-pop arrangements to torch ballads. Former Squeeze man Glenn Tilbrook comes alive with the bright adult pop of “Summer Song (Espionage)” and the piano and harmony of “I Do Not Miss You (Nostalgia #2).” Nieve’s wife, Muriel Teodori, teams with Robert Wyatt for “La Plus Jolie Langue,” where Nieve creates a static vibe not far removed from Wyatt’s solo work. Nieve does the same for Laurie Anderson on “Vertigo,” incorporating her spoken-word sense of alienation into a synthetic ballad that also points out Nieve’s underrated strengths as a singer.

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