Vienna Presse, July 1, 2006

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The River In Reverse

Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint

Die Presse

Es war keine Flut, es war eine Taufe. Allen Toussaint, Meister aus New Orleans, Schöpfer unzähliger Hits für Lee Dorsey, Albert King, The Neville Brothers und last but not least für sich selber, geriet in den Bannkreis von Katrina. Wie viele andere Musiker wurde er nach New York evakuiert. Dort lief er wieder einmal Elvis Costello über den Weg, Pläne für ein Album über die Naturkatastrophe, die zum Fiasko von Menschenhand wurde, waren schnell gefasst. In 13 funky tönenden Songs, darunter Klassiker wie "Freedom From The Stallion" und "All These Things" aus Toussaints Feder (den Rest schrieb er mit Costello zusammen) loteten die beiden Möglichkeiten der Transzendenz aus. Superbes Material, dezente Instrumentierung (Toussaints Bläsersektion trifft Costellos Rhythmusgruppe!) und zwei reife Stimmen, die die Chancen beschwören, die solche Katastrophen bringen. Highlights: Elvis süßes Säuseln auf "All These Things", einst von Aaron Neville unsterblich gemacht; Toussaints elegante Gesangsführung im flotten "Who's Gonna Help Brother Get Further?". Kein Pseudo-Betroffenheits-Album, sondern ein Juwel in der Tradition des amerikanischen Südens. Der Stoiker Toussaint verlor zwar Haus und Studio, hat aber die Größe zu trösten, denn: "It wasn't a drowning. It was a baptism!" sam

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Die Presse, July 1, 2006


Die Presse reviews The River In Reverse.




The River In Reverse

Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint

English via Google Translate...

It was not a flood, it was a baptism. Allen Toussaint, masters from New Orleans, creator of countless hits for Lee Dorsey, Albert King, The Neville Brothers, and last but not least for himself, fell under the spell of Katrina. Like many other musicians, he was evacuated to New York. There he again ran into Elvis Costello on the way, plans for an album about the natural disaster that was a fiasco by human hands, were taken quickly. In 13 funky sounding songs, including classics such as "Freedom From The Stallion" and "All These Things" from Toussaint's spring (the rest he wrote with Costello together) sounded out the two possibilities of transcendence. Superb material, subtle instrumentation (Toussaint's horn section meets Costello's rhythm section!) And two mature voices that summon the chances of such disasters. Highlights: Elvis' sweet whisper to "All These Things," originally made immortal by Aaron Neville; Toussaint's elegant singing lead in the brisk "Who's Gonna Help Brother Get Further ?." No pseudo-consternation album, but a jewel in the tradition of the American South. Although the Stoics Toussaint lost house and studio, but has to console the size, because: "It was not a drowning It was a baptism." sam

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