Review of Painted From Memory
Irish Times, 1998-10-16
- Joe Jackson


Elvis Costello with Burt Bacharach
"Painted From Memory" 

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