20 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On his fourth album, Elvis Costello blends his patented pop sense and stinging wit with heady American soul and R&B influences—from the stirring Stax/Volt vibes of “Clowntime is Over” to punchy Motown on “High Fidelity.” He covers Sam & Dave's heart-melter “I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down” with enough intensity to make it his own. Even when Costello tackles ska on “The Imposter,” he sounds less like a genre tourist than a man amped up on passion and love for the traditions and histories of soul music.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On his fourth album, Elvis Costello blends his patented pop sense and stinging wit with heady American soul and R&B influences—from the stirring Stax/Volt vibes of “Clowntime is Over” to punchy Motown on “High Fidelity.” He covers Sam & Dave's heart-melter “I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down” with enough intensity to make it his own. Even when Costello tackles ska on “The Imposter,” he sounds less like a genre tourist than a man amped up on passion and love for the traditions and histories of soul music.

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