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Review of The Delivery Man
E! Online, 2004-10-01

The Delivery Man

Elvis Costello
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Artist / Band: Elvis Costello
Record Label: Lost Highway
Release Date: September 21, 2004

Our Review:
Elvis Costello started out his latest release as a concept album in the vein of Neil Young's Greendale, except his was about a delivery man who seduced women. But midway through the recording sessions, the original concept went out the window and he decided he wanted to write music for a balletic version of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, called Il Sogno (also out today). Is your head spinning yet? The bottom line is that Man is Costello's most exciting album in ages. Miles away from last year's mushy North, it's filled with warm, infectious bursts of country-infused rock like "Monkey to Man" and "There's a Story in Your Voice." Guest appearances by women such as Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams add a thrilling presence. What a concept!