Another top-name artist using his power to buy fweedom: the freedom to indulge in a non-commercial album of a favorite idiom. Joe Jackson did it with big band sounds, Carly Simon with torch songs, Mick Fleetwood with African rhythms. Costello brings us a Nashville-produced wallowing in whining pedal steel, a plethora of disintegrating relationships (country style) and songs by Hank Williams, Merle Haggard and Gram Parsons. Will country music fans buy Elvis Costello? Will Elvis Costello fans buy this departure?