London Independent, May 28, 2006

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The River In Reverse

Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint

Nick Coleman

"The First major sessions in New Orleans since Hurracane Katrina" turn out to be Ol' Speccy doing the do with the distinguished local pianist/composer Allen Toussaint. It's a resolutely fuggy, analogue-sounding creation, featuring The Imposters and The Crescent City Horns. And if Costello's word torrents don't always sit easy within the generic structures of New Orleans R&B, that doesn't mean it isn't a delight in several places. The title track is the one that really sticks. But "Ascension Day" and "All These Things" are lovely and the playing's tasty. Hell, just roll with it.

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The Independent, May 28, 2006


Nick Coleman reviews The River In Reverse.


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