Hackettstown Star-Gazette, June 6, 1996

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Elvis Costello's latest release shows
usual vitriol diluted by compassion

Elvis Costello & the Attractions / All This Useless Beauty

Bill Nutt

Elvis Costello remains one of the sharpest, most pungent lyricists in rock. On this gorgeously textured album (reminiscent of his 1982 masterpiece, Imperial Bedroom), Costello dilutes his usual vitriol with a sympathy that borders on tenderness. Yes, he's still writing brutally honest songs about unfaithful and inadequate lovers, but his tone is more regretful than acerbic, as in the rueful gem that opens the album. "The Other End of the Telescope." His on-again/off-again mates, the Attractions, offer appropriate musical support. When it comes to brilliant songs about failed love, this Elvis is king.

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The Star-Gazette, June 6, 1996


Bill Nutt reviews All This Useless Beauty.

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