Irish Times, October 16, 1998

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Painted From Memory

Elvis Costello with Burt Bacharach

Joe Jackson

A dream team. Bacharach, creator of some of the most memorable, musically imaginative melodies in pop, and Costello, one of rock's premier song-poets. 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 Division," to the ruminations on lost love such, as "In The Darkest 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.

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The Irish Times, October 16, 1998

Joe Jackson reviews Painted From Memory.


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