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Elvis tells a little about the new album
Billboard, 2003-05-30
- Melinda Newman

 

Costello Crafting 'Quite Different' Album

Elvis Costello tells Billboard.com his next studio album "will be something quite different." Of the as-yet-untitled album, due Sept. 23 from Deutsche Grammophon, the recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee adds, "It's all original songs written at the piano. There are 11 songs and they are among the most direct I've ever written lyrically, and, musically, I hope they do something new."

Costello has also written all of the orchestrations for the material. "[It] ranges from a 35-piece ensemble to solo piano, so there's quite a range, but it's all of one piece. It kind of can be heard as a story -- there's a thread running through it."

In a further break from his usual methods, the artist only plays guitar on one track and is going in new directions in terms of his singing style. "I'm singing exclusively in my speaking register, everything in baritone range, with the exception of maybe four notes on the record that go above middle C," he reveals.

As previously reported, Costello and his band the Imposters begin a summer North American tour July 2 in Toronto. It comes in support of the group's 2002 Island album "When I Was Cruel," which debuted at No. 20 on The Billboard 200.

Costello will also perform the song "Let's Misbehave" in the upcoming Cole Porter musical "Just One of Those Things," which is shooting in London and Venice. He is expected to contribute a song to DMZ's "Cold Mountain" soundtrack, due in September.


-- Melinda Newman, L.A.

 
         
 

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