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Pop maestro Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello ("king of punk," in BB's parlance) had such a fine experience writing "God Give Me Strength" together for the film Grace of My Heart that they decided to expand the collaboration into a full-length set. The result was not only Costello's best album in years, it also returned Bacharach to the musically rich sound of his carefully crafted '60s masterworks with Dionne Warwick. Costello's lyrics, at times less direct than those of one-time Bacharach collaborator Hal David, nonetheless perfectly match the complexly emotional style. In fact, Elvis revels not only in dense texts like "My Thief" but cheeky exercises such as "Tears at the Birthday Party" and "Such Unlikely Lovers" with lung-bursting power. A surprise pairing? Maybe, but also one of the happiest in pop-music annals.

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A collaboration masterpiece!

This is one album you can just pop onto your cd player and enjoy from beginning to end. A masterpiece. Great production value, stirring melodies and lyrics that define melancholy. I've listened to this record countless of times yet it offers something fresh everytime. If you are into songwriting, you'll learn a lot from the simplicity yet effectiveness of Burt's arrangements. A must-have gem for your collection!

Alchemical Magic

I never expected to like this album as much as I do. It's one of those collections that sounds good at first but better and better as time progresses. The emotional power of Costello's voice is tempered by Bacharach's exquisite arrangements and sophisticated musical structure. But, never mind all that, the album is pure magic. Two talents of different eras become wizards of timeless creativity.

A Must For Lovers Of Tragic Love Songs

I bought this album thinking with these two artist that better love songs couldn't be written. I was on my way to pick up a girl from New York at the airport that I was falling very much in love with and needed a romantic album to be playing on repeat in the hotel room. To make a very long story short I picked her up took her back to the hotel where the music was playing. Needless to say the music was so beautiful we never changed the music all night 'till 6am, only to find out the next day listening closer to the words that every song was a very sad, tragic love song. Even still, the music on this album is fantastic and the night was even better...


Born: May 12, 1928 in Kansas City, MO

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With a hit-single track record spanning four decades, Burt Bacharach became one of the most important composers of popular music in the 20th century, almost equal to such classic tunesmiths as George Gershwin or Irving Berlin. His sophisticated yet breezy productions borrowed from cool jazz, soul, Brazilian bossa nova, and traditional pop to virtually define and undoubtedly transcend the staid forms of Brill Building adult pop during the 1960s. Born May 12, 1928, in Kansas City, he studied cello,...
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