University Of Delaware Review, May 21, 1991

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Mighty Like A Rose

Elvis Costello

Rob Rector

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The Buddy Holly glasses have been traded in for a pair of thin, wire-rimmed specs.

His face has gathered many a new hair.

But the songs are still grittily honest, playfully fun and lyrically brilliant.

Mighty Like a Rose serves as a prime example of Elvis Costello's return to grace from 1989's disappointing Spike.

The Beatle-esque "Hurry Down Doomsday (The Bugs are Taking Over)" is the musically richest and most verbally amusing cut on the album.

"All Grown Up" is reminiscent of an Irish pub song but with a lyrically caustic bite.

The haunting "Broken" describes a man's ability to control or disguise every emotion except the pain felt over the loss of his lover.

And "Playboy to a Man" is a song with constipated vocal strainings of Costello pitted against a jumbled melody that meanders but never loses its point.

Over his extensive career. Costello has clung to his "angry young man" image. if the years have hindered that image physically, they have only enhanced them lyrically.

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The Review, May 21, 1991


Rob Rector reviews Mighty Like A Rose.

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