Mojo, November 2018

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Mojo
Mojo Classic

UK & Ireland magazines

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The Long Honeymoon


Tom Doyle

Forty years an item, Elvis Costello and The Imposters (the artists formerly known as The Attractions) have come through penury, separations, and now their leader's cancer to deliver a 15th album as delightful and daring as any since This Tear's Model. Are they learning to appreciate each other at last? "It's not nostalgia," they tell Tom Doyle. "But there's all this history there."



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Mojo, No. 300, November 2018


Tom Doyle interviews Elvis Costello.


Mat Snow reviews Look Now.

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Look Now

Elvis Costello & The Imposters

Mat Snow

*****
From wistful to imperial Costello in vintage form.

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In 1998 Elvis Costello co-created the sumptuously poignant Painted From Memory with his hero Burt Bacharach. Twenty years on, Burt is back as co-writer of "Don't Look Now" and "Photographs Can Lie," as contributor to "He's Given Me Things," and as gravitational influence almost everywhere else. Even though fans are long familiar with three-quarters of Costello's default band since 1977 and the trademark turf and tropes — from blimpish satire ("I Let The Sun Go Down") to seedy screen seduction ("Under Lime") to songs Dusty should have sung ("Suspect My Tears") — his invention is undimmed but disciplined, his finesse masterly. And, this being the prolific songsmith's first album since 2013's collaboration with The Roots, Wise Up Ghost, his quality control is cranked to 11. Self-produced with Sebastian Krys, Look Now bounces with unforced, uncluttered and cleverly fleshed vivacity, every song a cherishable gem.



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