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Elvis Costello


Elvis Costello “North”
(Deutsche Grammophon)
Review by Matt Robinson

Even before he gets married, the other Elvis has appeared to have mellowed a great deal. Not that that’s a bad thing, however. Shrouding his devotion in gauzy poetry, Costello demonstrates the gentle power that has always been there. Recorded with a fidelity to the music that matches his own, Costello presents a set of piano-based ballads that showcase the songwriting skills that have helped him endure a wide array of reinventions. Though he has the support of pianist Steve Nieve, saxophonist Lee Konitz, old friends the Brodsky Quartet, and a 28-piece string ensemble, the arrangements and sentiments are all Costello. From the engage-ing melodies of “Still”, and “Let Me Tell You About Her” to the equally romantic “Can You Be True?” and “When It Sings,” Costello takes his pianistic loves to his heart and opens it up for all to hear and share.

- Matthew S. Robinson
c. 2004, M. S. Robinson, ARR


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