Missoula Independent, November 13, 2003

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  • 2003 November 13

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North

Elvis Costello

Jed Gottlieb

If you abandoned Elvis Costello with 1993's The Juliet Letters, now is not the time to reconnect. North, like The Juliet Letters and Costello's 1998 Burt Bacharach collaboration Painted From Memory, finds Costello moving further and further from his New Wave roots. With this latest batch of songs, Costello emulates Broadway balladeers and Frank Sinatra in his mid-'60s September of My Years introspective phase.

With its listless pace, North will send Elvis classicists running for Trust — an album that challenges the definitions of jazz-pop, but unlike North has great hooks and staccato wordplay. It’s not that North isn’t worth the price, but buyer beware: This album’s for wooing your love on crisp autumn nights with wine, roses and a DVD of Casablanca, not for jumping up and down shouting, "I wanna bite the hand that feeds me / I wanna bite that hand so badly / I wanna make them wish they never seen me!"

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Missoula Independent, November 13, 2003


Jed Gottlieb reviews North.


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