15 Songs, 1 Hour 4 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Elvis Costello’s 12th studio album is a stylistic buffet boasting stellar guests—Roger McGuinn, Paul McCartney, Chrissie Hynde—and songs confronting both the personal and the political. The death-row screed of “Let Him Dangle,” the deceptive anti-Thatcher beauty “Tramp the Dirt Down,” and the poppy “Veronica” (about Costello’s Alzheimer’s-stricken grandmother) all show remarkable songwriterly empathy and depth. Elsewhere, New Orleans ensemble The Dirty Dozen Brass Band enlivens the soul-deep “Deep Dark Truthful Mirror,” and traditional Irish instrumentation lifts “Miss MacBeth.” Costello’s plaintive vocal on “Baby Plays Around” is absolutely gorgeous.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Elvis Costello’s 12th studio album is a stylistic buffet boasting stellar guests—Roger McGuinn, Paul McCartney, Chrissie Hynde—and songs confronting both the personal and the political. The death-row screed of “Let Him Dangle,” the deceptive anti-Thatcher beauty “Tramp the Dirt Down,” and the poppy “Veronica” (about Costello’s Alzheimer’s-stricken grandmother) all show remarkable songwriterly empathy and depth. Elsewhere, New Orleans ensemble The Dirty Dozen Brass Band enlivens the soul-deep “Deep Dark Truthful Mirror,” and traditional Irish instrumentation lifts “Miss MacBeth.” Costello’s plaintive vocal on “Baby Plays Around” is absolutely gorgeous.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

AnonymousHappy ,

I Wouldn't Have it Any Other Way :)

I can't believe there isn't a single review for this! lol Sooo yeah i looove Elvis Costello...and im 14! And a girl! My dad is a huge fan and introduced me 2 his music first. When i was like three, i used 2 dance around 2 "The Angels Wanna Wear My Red Shoes" from his abum, 'My Aim is True'. Now that im older, I've grown into liking his music even more. Elvis Costello is one of the most amazing lyrical and musical geniuses of the 20th centruy and beyond. Listening to the popular (and most-known) track "Veronica", which is a collaboration with Paul McCartney of the Beatles, might sell you on this album. The moving, "Last Boat Leaving" is thought-provoking and one of my favorites as well. I've told my friends who just don't get my love of this music that Elvis Costello is an "accquired taste" and I wouldn't have it any other way. Some might decide to buy only some tracks off this album, but I say buy the whole thing!!! Its worth it and you'll enjoy it! I did :)

Peaceful Persona ,

Spike

Spike is the best Elvis Costello album/ CD from the 90's. This is the end of a great progression from great earlier albums from the 80's--Trust/ Imperial Bedroom/ Punch the Clock--but is a bit more ambitious, tackling complex arrangements and styles. Not much like it until When I Was Cruel. Worth a listen--I've played it frequently for 20yrs and never tire of it.

Mr. Zuckerman ,

A GREAT ALBUM!

I first discovered Elvis Costello when I heard the song "Veronica" on "Pop Up Video." And ever since I've been a Costello fan. The best tracks are "Veronica" and "Let Him Dangle" But give the other tracks a listen; they're very good and make great use of horns.

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