Edinburgh Scotsman, September 3, 2021

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Fiona Shepherd

Elvis Costello: Spanish Model (UMe)
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What lovely larks, in contrast, from Elvis Costello, who has chosen to rework the first Attractions album This Year’s Model in Spanish, because he can. Apparently, the notion came to him in a dream, but also partly spurred by recording a new version of This Year’s Girl for the opening credits of David Simon’s show The Deuce.

Spanish Model is no mariachi rendition of his work, but a host of hip artists hailing from across the Latin world, singing to vibrant new mixes of the original master recordings. Who knew Spanish was so suited to smart new wave pop? Raquel Sofia rasps her way splendidly through (Yo No Quiero Ir A) Chelsea, Pablo Lopez has the wind at his heels on Mentira/Lip Service, and Juanes throws himself into the urgency of Pump It Up, with Costello’s original vocals on the chorus.

Costello is on a roll here. Following a French language EP version of his Hey Clockface album, can we now look forward to a Mandarin rendering of Punch the Clock?

Tags: Spanish ModelThe AttractionsThis Year's ModelThis Year's GirlRaquel Sofia(Yo No Quiero Ir A) ChelseaPablo LópezMentiraJuanesPump It UpLa Face de Pendule à CoucouHey ClockfacePunch The Clock


The Scotsman, September 3, 2021

Fiona Shepherd reviews Spanish Model.


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