15 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Elvis Costello teamed with famed Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick and made this gorgeous, nuanced and deceivingly optimistic album in 1982. The singer/songwriter had grown handsomely into his croon by then (check out “Little Savage” and the heart-tugging “Man Out of Time”), and the songs, many composed on piano, show breathtaking range, both lyrically (the melancholy “Kid About It” moves like good fiction) and musically (the bedroom-eyed jazz of “Almost Blue”; the baroque pop of “You Little Fool”). Each tune unfurls in its own kind of beauty.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Elvis Costello teamed with famed Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick and made this gorgeous, nuanced and deceivingly optimistic album in 1982. The singer/songwriter had grown handsomely into his croon by then (check out “Little Savage” and the heart-tugging “Man Out of Time”), and the songs, many composed on piano, show breathtaking range, both lyrically (the melancholy “Kid About It” moves like good fiction) and musically (the bedroom-eyed jazz of “Almost Blue”; the baroque pop of “You Little Fool”). Each tune unfurls in its own kind of beauty.

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