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Editors’ Notes

Normally prone to overthinking a situation, Elvis Costello pieced together 2008’s Momofuku in a spontaneous burst of inspiration. And it shows. The album opens with the tightest, most convincing trio of rockers Costello has birthed in some time. Invited to the sessions for Jenny Lewis’ follow-up album to Rabbit Fur Coat, Costello met up with his band and a few new additions and after doing his part for Lewis began cutting this lean, tough collection. “No Hiding Place”, “American Gangster”, and “Turpentine” prove Costello can still rock and strain his vocal cords three decades on, while the shuffle of “Harry Worth” and “Mr. Feathers” recall his penchant for toying with and mastering different genres. The production is stripped to the essentials, placing the emphasis not on tricky, clever arrangements, but on Costello’s voice and his cadre of backing vocalists. “Flutter and Wow” is kept a modest piano ballad. “Stella Hurt” barrels forth with a full band assault backing up the pounding piano riff with precise focus. “Pardon Me Madam, My Name is Eve” pounces with the perfect cat-step he’s been chasing for years with varying results.  For Momofuku, Costello’s clearly on his game.

Customer Reviews

not an elvis fan but blow over by this

as I said i'm not a fan of elvis costello, I suppose like a lot of people I hum along to olivers army if its on the radio but never bought an album, so when I accidently came across this I ended up at his website somehow (maybe a banner ad) and no hiding place blasted out of my speakers I was amazed, initially released on vinyl but thankfully now on Itunes some songs have a rough underproduced edge to them but its so refreshing to hear raw music ..I love this album already it and be pleasantly suprised.

Never saw this one coming

Blimey! I'd all but given up on him, but Costello has actually come up with a cracking new album.

The Master of Surprise

Typical Elvis. He says he's concentrating on playing live and can't see the point of making albums anymore. Result? An absolute gem. Great songs, superb playing with Elvis in fine voice and an excellent lean production with lots of hidden subtleties. This is a gift for diehards and a great entry point for new fans who have yet to discover the treats in his vast back catalogue. The Delivery Man, The River in Reverse and now this. Elvis is on a roll.


Born: 25 August 1954 in Paddington, London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

When Elvis Costello's first record was released in 1977, his bristling cynicism and anger linked him with the punk and new wave explosion. A cursory listen to My Aim Is True proves that the main connection that Costello had with the punks was his unbridled passion; he tore through rock's back pages taking whatever he wanted, as well as borrowing from country, Tin Pan Alley pop, reggae, and many other musical genres. Over his career, that musical eclecticism distinguished his records as much as his...
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