The Orion, October 8, 2003

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Elvis Costello

Brennan Purtzer

North, Elvis Costello’s latest album release is a continuation of his soft-ballad-style albums of the last 10 years.

But this particular album is the most “concept-oriented” of the bunch, with a clear beginning and ending mood.

The album catalogs the painful breakup of his marriage to Cait O'Riordan, and the regaining of his ability to love again.

Without guitars on the album, all of the songs were written by Costello on the piano.

Ever faithful sideman Steve Nieve plays piano on about half of the album, while Costello plays on the other half.

For those who have had their hearts broken before or appreciate quality music of meaning and sensitivity, this album is for you, whether you’re an Elvis Costello fan or not.


The Orion, October 8, 2003

Brennan Purtzer reviews North.


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