Scottish Daily Record, September 6, 2002

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Scottish Daily Record

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Elvis Costello and The Imposters

Barrowland, Glasgow

Catriona Killin

Elvis Costello may be riding on the crest created by critically acclaimed new album, When I Was Cruel, and he may be backed by his tightest band (The Imposters) since his Attractions.

But neither of these attributes could save him from the fact that for the first hour of this mammoth gig, his mic wasn't wired properly.

Thankfully, during a semi-acoustic interlude Costello himself realised the problem and the gig was saved.

Once you could hear Costello's voice, you realised anew what intensely emotional musical power it has.

Title track "When I Was Cruel" is a deep, dark sonorous piece of introspection, while "Alibi" once again illustrated Costello's gift for acerbic wit.

With a back catalogue stretching out over 25 years, Elvis could afford to pepper this two-hour set with classics; "Shipbuilding," "Watching The Detectives" and "A Good Year For The Roses" were just some of the memories evoked.

But it was when the gentle strains of "Alison" — accompanied by the massed voices of Barrowland — ended the night you realised that his aim may falter occasionally but his heart is true.


Copyright 2002 Scottish Daily Record & Sunday

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The Daily Record, September 6, 2002


Catriona Killin reviews Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Tuesday, September 3, 2002, Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow, Scotland.


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