Duke University Chronicle, March 20, 1986

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King Of America

Elvis Costello

Brian Model

Elvis Costello has gone back to basics. By forsaking the polished pop of his last two albums and employing the producing talents of T-Bone Burnett, Costello has created an album that successfully couples the energy of his early work with his current attitudes.

The 15 selections on King of America run from the confessional emotionality of "Brilliant Mistake" and "I'll Wear It Proudly" to the raucous rockabilly style of "Glitter Gulch" and "The Big Light."

The slower songs, such as "Our Little Angel" and "Suit of Lights" have an easygoing, country-folk flavor, containing some of Costello's catchiest melodies. Costello's distinctive voice accentuates the sheer emotion of "Indoor Fireworks" and "Little Palaces," and is at its bleeding-heart best in his rendition of the Animals' 1965 classic "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood."

King of America, produced by Columbia records, is the best sample of Costello's composing and arranging talents that he's offered us since 1982's Imperial Bedroom. Elvis Costello has forsaken pop for the type of music he does best, and it's a welcome return.

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The Chronicle, R&R, March 20, 1986


Brian Model reviews King Of America.

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