People, May 28, 2001

From The Elvis Costello Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search
... Bibliography ...



For The Stars

Anne Sofie von Otter and Elvis Costello

Picks and Pans

In its original sense, the word "diva" had nothing to do with midriff-baring or assistant-berating. Anne Sofie von Otter is a diva in the true, goddess sense. Pairing Elvis Costello's nasal bray with the ethereal mezzo-soprano of this Swedish opera singer is like making a peanut butter-and-caviar sandwich, so writer-producer Costello wisely spends most of this disc with his mouth shut, framing von Otter's floral voice with a piano here, an accordion there, some strings there. At times the result has an aching beauty that proclaims what pop might be if only its clever tunesmiths could really sing.

To younger fans this collection, mostly obscure covers of work by the likes of Brian Wilson and ABBA, may seem music to grow old by; even the title seems to be nicked from an Andy Williams album ca. 1965. Still, try not to shiver at the late-night lounge version of the Beatles' "For No One" or the stirring Costello tune "No Wonder."

Bottom Line: Grown-ups will smile, kids will snooze.

<< >>

People, May 28, 2001

Picks and Pans reviews For The Stars.


Back to top

External links