Newport Daily News, August 8, 2005

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Sunday's headliner brought similar rewards. Elvis Costello is perhaps the last survivor of what was called "New Wave" music in the late 1970s, when he hit the scene looking like an angry British Woody Allen with an electric guitar.

Costello's sound has changed through the decades and he holds a strong affection for country music, which led to "Stranger in the House" and "Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down." But he was equally comfortable reaching back for "The Angels Want to Wear My Red Shoes" and "Mystery Dance" as well as the timeless "(What's So Funny About) Peace, Love and Understanding."

With wife Diana Krall watching from the wings, Costello brought up guitar ace Larry Campbell - who often plays with Dylan - and singers Gillian Welch and David Rawlings for chestnuts like "Mystery Train."

Costello has matured remarkably well, and his music shows no sign of sounding dated. Regrettably, he was forced to take the stage about 20 minutes late, meaning he cut his 85-minute set a bit short.

"We'll play more next time, for sure," he told the crowd.

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Newport Daily News, August 8, 2005


The Newport Daily News reviews Elvis Costello & The Imposters, with Gillian Welch, Larry Campbell and David Rawlings on Sunday, August 7, 2005, Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams State Park, Newport, RI.



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