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Elvis Costello - When I Was Cruel (2002) Retail CD
Adult Alternative Pop/ Rock
Following a string of tasteful but sometimes bloodless collaborations with Sophie Van Otter, Bill Frisell and the London Symphony Orchestra, Elvis Costello delivers his most visceral and satisfying album in years with When I Was Cruel. Reunited with half the Attractions, Pete Thomas and Steve Nieve, Costello sticks relatively close to the sharp new-wave melodies that sealed his reputation in the late 1970s and 80s, but infuses them with powerful sonic touches: a hypnotic loop of Italian pop singer Mina that carries the title track, the melodica that casts an eerie glow over "Soul for Hire" andmore… the frenetic, klezmer-inspired horns that drive "15 Petals". Costello's guitar is frequently drenched in tremolo, and his lyrical wit hasn't been this consistently spiky and unforced since Blood & Chocolate. Compared to some of his more uptown adventures, When I Was Cruel may seem at first a kind of semi-nostalgic slumming, but the opposite may be the case: like the film-maker Woody Allen, Costello is at his most artful when he produces perfect pop trifles that will almost certainly outlast his more self-conscious "serious" work. --Keith Moerer
|3||Tear Off Your Own Head ( It's A Doll Revolution)|
|4||When I Was Cruel No.2|
|5||Soul For Hire|
|12||Daddy Can I Turn This?|
|13||My Little Blue Window|
|15||Episode Of Blonde|
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