Elvis Costello - In Motion Pictures
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There are some artists that you hear more often in the cinema than in the charts. Take Randy Newman, Bryan Adams and Sting. But Elvis Costello regularly lends his voice to known films.
The list of films using songs of Elvis Costello is longer than you might think, with famous appearances in ET, The Godfather III, The Big Lebowski, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Nothing Hill and High Fidelity. In Motion Pictures Collection includes fifteen songs from famous films.
There must immediately be considered that the selection made here is fierce incomplete, but because it leaves room for a possible second part. And that would in no way be annoying, witness the excellent collection of songs which yields In Motion Pictures and thereby forms a nice cross- section of Costello's work.
On In Motion Pictures there are only two little Costello hits , namely the oppressive I Want You and Charles Aznavour She-cover, but other material is comparable in splendour. From such a career overview it is especially evident that Costello's music and singing over the years is always something more civilized.
The bespectacled singer sounds a bit awkward on early Joe Jackson-like songs like Crawling To The USA, Miracle Man and Accidents Will Happen, while on recent material as Sparkling Day and You Stole My Bell has lost the sharp edge. But especially his work from the period are impressive.
So is his execution of Days by The Kinks very refined, the song Oh Well has a calming effect and the song written with Burt Bacharach, God Give Me Strength, is a timeless beauty, with Costello on top of his vocal. Even without movies, with eyes closed, these songs are an intriguing story.