A dream team. Bacharach, creator of some of the most memorable, musically
imaginative melodies in pop, and Costello, one of rock's premier songpoets.
Set them to work together and what do you get? Artful pop? Music with so
many layers you could get lost in even its outer surfaces and consider
yourself blessed? Lyrics similarly densely textured and likely to continue
to yield surprises every time you listen? All these elements are here,
in the Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa variations, Toledo and The Long Div-
ision, to the ruminations on lost love such, as In The Dark- est Place.
It might, however, be best to remain lost in this music. The closer you
travel to its centre the more you realise that the soul of Painted From
Memory is strangely cold. - Joe Jackson