One of these days Elvis and his merry crew are going to make a bad record — but in the meantime he continues to deliver the goods. After a disturbing phase when his songwriting craft improved immeasurably but received scant recognition from the public he now seems to be back on course.
His recent successes, "Shipbuilding," the bitter "Pills And Soap" and, of course, "Everyday I Write The Book," are among an excellent set that shows that his pen is as sharp as ever while the musical punch has some beefy muscle with the addition of the TKO Horns and the Afrodiziak singers.
The whole concoction has been blended into a spiky album that entertains as much as it challenges. It's a vital collection that holds its head up high even amongst Elvis' vast legacy.