Rome News-Tribune, May 13, 1994

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Costello, band stage comeback

Elvis Costello / Brutal Youth

Robert Trott

If you asked Elvis Costello fans 15 years ago what they hoped he'd be doing in 1994, the answer probably would have been something along the lines of Brutal Youth.

Gone are Paul McCartney, the Brodsky Quartet and other questionable, if well-intentioned, partnerships; back are the Attractions (drummer Pete Thomas, bassist Bruce Thomas and keyboardist Steve Nieve), one of the tightest pop bands around, with whom Costello hasn't jammed in years. The songs reverberate with Costello's trademark biting edge, but with the maturity that comes with living for almost four decades.

And if that isn't enough to get the juices flowing, try this: if bassist Thomas can't make every cut, who would you want to step in? Yeah, that's right — longtime mate Nick Lowe is in the house.

"This Is Hell" strikes hard at the idea of settling for nostalgia instead of change, a trend that has put a lot of people in a lot of circa-1970s outfits.

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Rome News-Tribune, May 13, 1994


Robert Trott reviews Brutal Youth.

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