One has only to read Elvis Costello's extensive liner notes to the re-release of his 1986 album to get a sense of how much its recording meant to him. The music reflects this rich period of Costello's career — even the five added tracks measure up to Costello's best material. Although his tales of lost love are sometimes cliches, Costello infuses "Suffering Face," "Shoes Without Heels" and "King of Confidence" with so much clever wordplay, he more than makes up for the well-worn subject matter. The first 15,000 copies of King of America feature a bonus six-song CD of mostly cover songs recorded live on Broadway.
The article is accompanied by a nice black and white picture of Elvis, Bruce and Pete that appears to have been taken several years before KOA. One wonders why two of the Attractions are depicted, given their absence from the reviewed album (other than the song Suit of Lights).